01x03 - Hurricane

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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01x03 - Hurricane

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[train rumbling]

I remember damage.

And escape.

[tense music]


adrift in a stranger's
galaxy for a long time.

But I'm safe now.

I found it again.

My home.

[uneasy string music]

♪ ♪

Why are we meeting today?

You called me.

I applied online.

You called and said
I can come interview.


What is your strongest quality?


Uh, organizing.

I remember everything.

I remember you now.


- From Kankakee, yes?
- Yes.

I see a lot of skills,

but I don't see many... jobs.

Tell me about Eirene Services.

My father's company.

He scrubbed hulls in St. Croix.

I did the books.

And your family came
to Kankakee in .


Do you know the meaning of logistics?

The path things take.


Not the path.

The right path.

Watch me now.

Point of origin.

End point. Okay?

Logistics is not time or space.

It flows.

The shortest path is six inches,

but the right path

starts at your point of origin,

goes around your head, and
travels to Des Moines, Iowa,

before hitting this end point.

Des Moines, Iowa, is hypothetical.

Oh. I understand.

Where do you see yourself in years?

Working for you.

Or we'll all be d*ad.

That is funny. Straight-faced, everything.

Good. [laughs]

I like you.

We'll all be d*ad.

[inquisitive music]

You have to go Malaysia.

I just got back to Chicago.

I was gonna come to the office later...

Don't. Jim Felps has somehow

landed a pitch with Sinotec.

You need to be there to run the pitch.

I can't tell you how important this is.


I'll head back to O'Hare.

I just have one thing I have to do.

♪ ♪

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

I thought that I was
never gonna see you again.

Why are you here?

I finished.

Who's that?

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

How did you two meet?

[light rock music playing]

♪ ♪



We know each other.

I don't think so.

Aren't you an actress?



Ah, yeah. No, I'm sorry.

I thought...

♪ ♪

I love Chicago.

It's very mellow.

No, it's kind of easy.

And... there's no paparazzi.

♪ ♪


I have to buy your work.

Y-you have to buy what?

You're an artist, no?

I'm in logistics.

Oh, cool.

You... my friend is down the street,

and he's having a birthday party,

and I didn't bring him anything.

Haven't seen him in ages.
He thinks I'm a flake.

I-I'm not a flake.

So I need to bring him something.

You know, a nice present.

I don't know, like... like that.

That space map.

No, I-I'll buy it.

I'll pay you $ , .

[laughs loudly]

It's not for sale.

But you do look familiar.



Hey. What if I...

If I give you an interpretation
of the meaning of your work?

No, thank you.

You know, my father is a poet.

And whenever he has to publish
something in a magazine,

he gets the editor to
give him an interpretation,

you know, to see if he gets it.

And that way... that
way, they take care of it.

You haven't even seen my work.


No, no, but it doesn't matter,

because I've got good instincts.

Can I try?


The subject of your work is...

A person.

Not a spaceman.

He's alone.

Not unhappy.


A bit exhausted.

But his heart is warmer

and lighter

than they realize...

because he wears a suit...

for protection.


Oh, th... that's a banana.

You can have it.

What's your name?


I'm Arthur.


You're late. What the f*ck?

Get inside already.

You embossed carbuncle!

[upbeat music playing]

That's my friend.

We know each other

We did a play together. A long time ago.

Do you want to come in?

I got to get home.



It was nice to meet you, Miranda.

Thank you for the gift.

♪ ♪

[train rumbling]


Air and sea unite.

We got more power than
the Battle of Midway.

Efficiency of a moth.

Great diversity.

- Don't.
- Gotcha. No.

I'm just glad our companies
found a way to work together.

Your company bought our company, Jim.

Yeah, right. Let me... got it? Okay.

We want Bodhisattva.

What is a Bodhisattva?

I think that's Huang.

No, they wouldn't close a deal

without hearing from us first.

At least I don't think so.




The pitch meeting is canceled

and will have to be rescheduled.

I need to get back to Chicago.

We were told that every pitch...

[speaks Cantonese]

[speaks Cantonese]


I don't know. Maybe they're germophobes?

What did she say?

She wished us luck.

Are you getting any signal?

No. Hotel Wi-Fi's still down.

Oh. Great.

Welcome to We're f*cked Island.

- It's a peninsula.
- What?


Oh, yeah. Yeah. Right.

Ah, I left my SAT phone in Indie.

Do you have yours?

Are there less people here?

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

You know what, I'm gonna
go see the warehouse boys

in the Showroom, see if
they know what's going on.

You know those guys, right?

Hank and Rabbit? Nick?


Hey, Miranda.

You okay?

I'm good. I just, um...

I'm gonna go grab my SAT phone.

Okay. Hey, h*t me up for coffee later.

[person coughing]

[somber piano music]

♪ ♪

[indistinct chatter]

No closing time for
the famous, apparently.

- [chuckles]
- He's talked them

into staying open.

♪ ♪

Here you go, my dear.

Thank you.

♪ ♪


I can't tell you how many nights

I've had that have ended like this.

Drinking with somebody
fascinating, like yourself,

who Arthur acquired three bars previous,

while he talks to his fans.


Maybe I acquired him.


[indistinct chatter]

What's that?


It's a feeling.

What's the feeling?

Cut and run.

When a squall comes up so fast,

you got to cut the anchor and just go.

My dad did it once.

Sliced the rope right in
front of us with a filet Kn*fe.

♪ ♪

That feeling.

Well, now, I used to go
sailing with my grandfather.

The Mouth of the Shannon.

And the thought of a sudden storm

used to terrify me.

I prefer the land.

Two feet on the ground.

- I'm sorry.
- f*ck's sake.


He's nice. Another round?

- Happy birthday.
- Thank you.

Nice to meet you.

Which one of you was Rosencrantz,

and which one was Guildenstern?

Oh, that's the joke.

They're interchangeable,
like Clark and I.

You can't tell?


It's probably not the same anymore,

now that he's a movie star.


I'm still Rosencrantz.

I invented sandwiches.


You guys end up the same, at least.

♪ ♪

You both get k*lled by Hamlet.

♪ ♪


Yeah, I like her.


Well, fair play, Miranda.

[line ringing]

[coffee machine humming]

[disconnected tone]

[phone chimes, line ringing]

Come on, come on, come on.

- Miranda.
- Leon?

You have to get out of Malaysia.

The flu mutated.


The Chinese, uh, canceled
the pitch meeting.

Forget about the pitch!

I need you to listen to me.

You have six, maybe seven hours

before Malaysia is on f*re.

I'm not seeing anything online.

You won't.

The Asian governments
are taking their lead

from the Chinese and
curating the internet.

You can't trust what you are seeing

or what anyone tells you.

[tense music]

- How do I get out?
- By sea.

There's a t*nk called the "Robespierre"

moored ten miles offshore.

The captain owes me a favor.

First, you have to get from the hotel

to the Masa Depan Docks.

Go downstairs, go to the front desk,

and tell them your name.

I've arranged for a package
to be waiting with supplies

and information you'll need
to reach the "Robespierre."

Tell no one what you know,

and don't stop to consider
anyone's survival but your own.

You are out in front of the
entire Malaysian population.

What about Jim Felps?

The captain was explicit.

He sees anyone but you,
it's sh**t to k*ll.

♪ ♪



♪ ♪

You will know your end
point when you reach it.

In the early days, before
their home is broken,

they hardly notice me.

It was better to not be noticed.

It is better to not be noticed.

I think you have a package for me?

Carroll, .

[indistinct chatter]

Merry Christmas.

Thank you.

What's the best way to get
to the Masa Depan Docks?

Hey, Miranda.

Excuse me.

All right, you probably
heard about the collapse

of civilization, right?

I'm gonna try to sneak in

before they realize the
world isn't actually ending.

What are you doing this afternoon?

Are you going to a Christmas party?

I'm escaping the flu

on a t*nk called the "Robespierre."


Jim, what are you gonna do?

♪ ♪

We're gonna travel together as a team.

I'm gonna k*ll with
my clubs... the wedges.

I die, you eat me.

You die, I eat you.

[chuckling] Come on. Come on.

This is all gonna blow
over in, like, four hours,

and the conference is gonna be back on.

I guarantee it.

In that case, Jim, if we don't all die,

I don't think your half
of the pitch is there yet.

It's weak.


I appreciate the
honesty. I'll work on it.

[elevator bell dings]

[somber piano music]

[line beeps]

Arthur? It's me.

It's, um, : in the
morning there, I think.

You're my yesterday.

Hope the premiere went well.

♪ ♪

I made a mistake.

Just keep yourself safe.

Stay wherever you are.
I'm coming to Chicago.

I'll find you.


♪ ♪

To be loved is a calamity.

Love will try to see the
words before it's finished.

"What is your job?" love will ask it.

And you will ask,

"What is my job?"

♪ ♪

- Where are we?
- [chuckles]

It's my grandmother's house.

I talked about myself.

Oh, yeah. Yeah, you were very funny.

Very charming. You were telling everyone

about the meaning behind
your banana paintings.

I have to go.

No, no, no, no. No, stay.

Stay. Let's eat something.

Come on, don't be uncivilized.

So the movie is called "Alpha and Beta."

Like the alphabet.

- But it's "Alpha and Beta."
- Yeah.

"Alpha/Beta," with a slash,

'cause it's got... You
know, it's a two-hander.

Do you know what a two-hander is?

I don't like movies.

Me neither.

Mm. A two-hander is a story

where two people have to
solve the same problem.

What's their shared problem?

How to rob the Pentagon

and get all the plutonium they can get.

I don't know, it's the worst script

- I've ever read in my life.
- [laughs]

[person coughing]

[indistinct chatter]

[phone ringing]

- Leon?
- Miranda.

What's your status?

I'm almost outside the docks.

The "Robespierre" says
she'll wait another hour,

but they're nervous.

Have you opened the package?


doing it now.

What are you seeing?

A Le Creuset,

with a butterfly Kn*fe,
keys, and a picture in it.

That is the boat that will
get you from the docks

to the "Robespierre."

You will be at sea for at least a year.

[hollow ringing]

So both my parents are poets,

and they decided that it
was a very romantic idea

to go live on an island.

So we went to live on this
little island for a year,

called Holbox.

It's an island that's right between

the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Yeah, I've been there.

My dad used to take us
swimming with the whale sharks.

♪ ♪

He wasn't a poet,

but he cleaned boats for tourists,

and we sailed with no plan

until I was eight years old.

And then Hurricane Hugo
came a couple years later.

♪ ♪

I have to go.


[uneasy string music]

♪ ♪

[person coughing]

How close are you to that person?

Is she within six feet?

Stop the bus.

Stop the bus!

[speaks Indonesian]

[dramatic music]

[indistinct chatter]

♪ ♪

[phone ringing]

I'm here.

Miranda? Is that you?

Miranda Carroll.


How... how are you calling this phone?

Listen, I wanted to
tell you this directly.

Arthur d*ed.

He... I'm so sorry.

He had a heart att*ck onstage tonight,

doing "Lear."

[dissonant tones]

[water splashes]

The... the publicist set
up his calls to come to me,


Uh, M-Miranda, I don't know
how much you've been in touch.

I shouldn't have left.


I think you should come to
California and live with me.


I really do have to go.

Well, we can live in this house, then.


Come on. Come back to bed.

Ten more minutes.

[uneasy music]

♪ ♪

[camera shutters clicking]

[reporters clamoring]

♪ ♪

Miranda. Hi.

I, um, wanted to tell you

that I called those
f*ck at "The Daily Mail,"

and I told them that we were
the ones having an affair.



You didn't see the article.

It's absurd. I mean, he's...

He's not even my type.

I'm sorry.

I'm just dealing with
a supply chain crisis.

Oh, yeah.

Yeah, of course.

Okay, okay.


I just wanted to say that
I would never do that.






[speaking Spanish]



Not so great.

I found your phone.

It was laying on the
grass. I left it there.

I'll come in for lunch.

You don't sleep?



Do you know how to sleep?

I'm okay.

Leon called.

He wants to send me to Perth.

My theory is that Leon doesn't exist.

You've met him.


I met him.

You went away for four
months to make that movie.

But I came back.

But even when you're here,

you're not here.

You're always locked
up in that little room,

all by yourself,

working on things that
nobody is allowed to see.

No one can see because I'm not...

I'm not done.

I just... I don't think
you're gonna finish!

I don't want to live the
wrong life and then die!

Ah! [chuckling]


My father is the exact same way.

You know, flying first class...

He demands it.

And it's weird,

because he used to be a
member of the Communist Party.

- No!
- Yes! Right?

- Tell them.
- [laughs]

That's... that's the irony.

True artists get free passes.

- He is a nice man.
- Oh, well, he didn't...

You're not saying he's not nice, right?

- He's not nice.
- Oh, he's not nice?

- No.
- Oh, no.

- [laughs]
- I mean, yes...

How's your project going, Miranda?

When will it be finished?

Uh, soon.

I'm assuming you'll
publish when it's done?

No. No. Probably not.

What's the point of doing all that work

if no one's going to see it?

It makes me happy.

It's peaceful,

spending hours working on it.

It doesn't really matter if anyone...

Don't die without seeing Fiji.

- See what?
- Oh. [laughs]

We just went. It was incredible.

We smoked, surfed, swam.

Stunning energies.

Everything changed.

Ah, sounds tremendous.

No, more. It was a... rebirth.

Mm-hmm. But, I mean...

you seem to get reborn almost
every time you leave the house.

Miranda, does that happen to you?

Oh, I'm trying.

Was Fiji better than Prague?

[gasps] Yes!

Everyone, you all must visit Praha.

You know when you speak English,

you're allowed to call it Prague.

- Hey, Clark.
- Prague.

Be nice.

I apologize.


Who... who are you again?

I'm Clark. I'm an
old friend of Arthur's.

- Clark is my friend, too.
- [laughs]

Well, I once also
aspired to be an actor.

We were Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern together

back in the ' s.

But alas, I wasn't
good enough in the end.

- Nah, you were good.
- You say that now.


But, you know,

the kind thing is he...

He lets me visit.

Hey, babe, it's okay.

I used to say "Preg,"
like the tomato sauce.

- He did.
- [laughter]

It's Prego.

Oh. Oh, thank you. Prego.


I went. Um...

I took some art history classes at UCLA,

and I just... I wanted to, you know,

see the paintings that
I'd been reading about.

Being there was like...

I don't even know how to...

It was like...

being inside the paintings.

You know?

Which is a random fantasy
that I had as a kid.


I don't think it's stupid at all.

Have you guys seen Miranda's work?

I mean, I'm just an admirer,

but I told Art I think you are a genius.

You told who?


Arthur. Arthur. Your husband.

He, um... he took them to the
pool house and let me see it.

You guys, it is incredible.

It's about this spaceman.

Well, no, it's not
about that. It's about...

It's about someone
who survives a tragedy

and how they feel so alienated

from, you know, all the day-to-day stuff.

And it's... it's just really profound.

Love will try to see the
words before it's finished.

I have a toast.

No. Miranda. No.


I stood looking over the damage,

trying to remember the
sweetness of life on Earth.

I was late.

Or you were early.

Either one. Same mission.

Burn every parasite f*ck alive.


Is... is that a quote?

I wrote that.

You did?

Yeah. [chuckles]

I played two parts in that movie. No?

I played Orion's soldier
me and, like, an alien me.

- Possessed by an alien you.
- Mm-hmm.

Yeah, we used to run lines together.

Remember, Clark?

We did, Arthur.

Sorry. Excuse me.

I think I d*ed, like,
two times in that movie.

- Really?
- Yes. Yes.

Technically three.

[insects chirping]

I miss cocaine.


When did it start?

With Elizabeth?

I don't know.

He must have gotten scared.

That's usually what happens
when he falls in love.

- Scared of what?
- [chuckles]

f*ck knows.

"Epsilon" didn't do as well as "Delta."

He lost that part to Mel Gibson.

It's just work.

It's the thing you do. It's not life.

I think that book ruined my life.

I thought you hadn't
seen any of my movies.

We don't have to talk.

You know, Elizabeth
and I, we've never...

I don't care who you f*ck.

We both knew this was temporary.

I didn't.

Pool house is on f*re.

[light ambient music]

♪ ♪

To be loved is a calamity
for someone with your job.

You have work to do.


Love will try to see the
words before it's finished.

Love makes work impossible.

[hollow ringing]

Survival is insufficient.

I don't want to live the
wrong life and then die.

I am at my best when I'm escaping.

♪ ♪

You started over.

Tyler would love this.

My son.

With Elizabeth.


Send him that one.

I have more.

Really good to see you.

[vehicle rumbling]

W-where is the bar?

[indistinct chatter]

Hey, Carroll. How was
that Christmas party?

There wasn't one.

Well, you can get ready to
call me Santa Claus, then,

because our pitch is back on.

The Chinese are in play.

I heard Huang tried to get out
on a hydrofoil, but it broke.

The, um...

I don't know, the...
The foil part, I guess.

Anyway, the Bodhisattva
Room is a packed house,

and they are ready to make a deal.

Everything like it was.

Everything exactly like it was.


let's go land this.


Yeah, we're up in six minutes.

Could I get a Boilermaker, please?

Make it two.

Air and sea unite.

[speaking Cantonese] _




You all seem to know that
the world is coming to an end.


it's a good reminder

that nothing we have done

or do matters at all.

But it does.

It does.

The man I loved...

d*ed last night,


[quavering breath]

The man I loved

d*ed last night, and I went to work.


The man I loved d*ed last night,

and I went to work instead.

And I'm here with you and you and...

You don't matter at all, Mr. Huang.

Your company is falling into the sea.

So I have to ask...

[stifling sobs]

Why wasn't I at that play?

Why I wasn't I with
my love when he d*ed?

[inhales sharply]

[stifled sob]


When mankind first looked up
to the stars, mankind thought:

nonlinear delivery options...

What are those things?

That was some intense
stuff in there, Carroll.

We're all gonna die, huh?

I think so, Jim.

I'm sorry.

I don't even know if you
have family back home.

I do not.

I do not. Do not. Not. Not. I do not.

I don't either.

You know, it makes me want to unpack

some of my self-esteem
baggage big-time before we...

I went golfing because I thought

that's what a person would do.

I know.

I'm so scared.

- I'm scared, too, Jim.
- [chuckles]

- Really?
- [scoffs]


I heard they're giving out
complimentary room-sealing kits

- at the front desk.
- Yeah, we should go get some.


Probably going like hotcakes.


[line ringing]

- Leon?
- [coughing]

Hey. It's me.

Sorry it took so long to call you back.

- Did you get there?
- Yeah.

I'm on board the "Robespierre."

I knew you were a survivor.

You got me here.


Okay. Okay.

Okay. [coughing]

I'm safe.

[static crackles]

[light bluesy music]

[duct tape ripping]

♪ ♪

Really good to see you.

♪ ♪



Let's have dinner.

♪ Something told me it was over ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

There's this Italian restaurant

that's across the street.

I know the guy. He's
very... he's very funny.

Arthur, I'd miss my flight.


♪ Something deep down ♪

♪ In my soul said, "Cry, girl" ♪

♪ Cry, cry ♪

But I...

I can come back.


♪ I would rather ♪

- ♪ I would rather go blind ♪
- [knocking on door]

♪ ♪

♪ Than to see you walk
away from me, child ♪


♪ So you see, I love you so much ♪

♪ That I don't wanna
watch you leave me, baby ♪

♪ Most of all, I just don't... ♪

I have a job to do.

I still have a job to do.

I have found you nine times before,

maybe ten,

and I'll find you again.

♪ Sitting and thinking ♪

There is no rescue mission.

♪ ♪

We are safe.

♪ When the reflection in
the glass that I held ♪

♪ To my lips, now, baby ♪

♪ Yeah, yeah ♪

♪ Revealed the tears that
was on my face, yeah, ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ And, baby, baby ♪

♪ I'd rather, I'd rather be blind, boy ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Than to see you walk away ♪

♪ See you walk away from me, yeah ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ So, you see, I love you so much ♪

♪ That I don't wanna
watch you leave me, babe ♪

♪ Most of all, I just don't ♪

♪ I just don't wanna be free, no ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ And, baby, baby, I'd rather ♪

♪ I'd rather be blind, boy ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Than to see you walk away ♪

♪ See you walk away from me, yeah ♪

♪ Ooh ♪

♪ Baby, baby, baby ♪

♪ I'd rather be blind ♪

♪ ♪

♪ Than to see you walk away ♪

♪ See you walk away from me, yeah ♪

♪ Ooh ♪
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