Longmire (2012–2017): Season 1, Episode 8 - An Incredibly Beautiful Thing - full transcript

A highly agitated young girl approaches a gas station owner for help. When Sheriff Longmire attends the scene, the owner is dead and the girl is missing. Investigations lead Longmire to existence of a religious cult in the neighboring Cumberland county.

Please help me. They're coming.

Okay, calm down, miss.
Tell me what's wrong.


They're gonna find me.
I know because they're following me.

Uh... Uh...

- Who's "they"?
- Do you have a gun?


Uh, I'm gonna get you some help.



Uh, hi, uh, this is Ellis Hinkley
out in, uh, Cedar Pass.

I've got a distraught young lady
in my station.

I'm gonna need Walt
or a deputy to come by.

Oh... How much is the milk?



Anybody here?

Oh, no.



I'm so sorry.

Is he over there behind those tires?

- Ruby. Ruby, Ruby...
- I had no idea he was in danger.

Ruby, take a breath.

Take a breath.

You're the closest thing
we have to an eyewitness.

Just tell me as best as you can
what you remember.

Ellis said there was a distraught
young lady...

...and he asked me to send you out.

Nothing else?


...I might've heard her talk once.
She asked him the price of milk.

Poor Ellis.

WALT: Now, why don't you head on back?
- Ellis was a good man.

I'm sorry, Walt. I...

You have nothing to be sorry for.


I swabbed some blood for the kit.

I figure that it's the girl's.

If it was Ellis', the prints would have led
right up to his body.

Whoever it is,
they weren't wearing shoes.

Those smudges are from bare feet.

Couldn't find any casings near Ellis.
Somebody knew to pick them up.

We got tens, twenties, fives,
even some fifties.

So much for the robbery motive.

Unless it was botched.

Maybe someone came along in the midst
of the holdup, robbers took off.

If someone interrupted a robbery,
don't you think they'd have called it in?

You know,
people don't like to get involved.

Is that a camera?

This girl is crazy town.

I can take a screen grab of her,
get it on the local news.

That's our best shot
at ID'ing her quickly.

What'd she just see?

So Ellis wrote something down...

...took the sheet of paper with him.

Wasn't on his body.

So the killer takes the casings and a note?

But the pad is still here.


- What is that, a phone number?

- It's part of a license plate number.
- Seventeen. That's Cumberland County.

Wyoming plates all start
with a number that identifies the county.

No shit.

Ellis must have seen a car drive up.
Something must have concerned him.

Find out how many plates
in Cumberland County start with 1778.

Jealous boyfriend or husband?

Ellis gets chivalrous,
tries to intervene in a domestic dispute?

Or could be related to that thing
in South Dakota.

- What thing?
- Oh, right, you don't read the paper.

Been a string of gas station robberies by a
couple. Kind of a Bonnie and Clyde thing.

Call your contacts
at the South Dakota State Police.

See what kind of car they're driving.

Meantime, let's try and find this girl
from the video.

Right now, she's the only lead we got.


You all right?
Looks like you're trying to hang yourself.

Jimmy's microphone is cutting out
in the middle of songs.

I need to find a different cable.

Take your time.
Crowd's never seemed happier, so...


When was the last time
you played, Walt?

Last time I felt like it.

Besides I got other priorities now, so...

Such as?

When was the last time
you tracked someone?

Who would I be tracking this time?

Possible murder suspect.
Young woman, early 20s.

She was the last to enter
Ellis Hinkley's station...

...in Cedar Pass
before he was shot dead.

What do you know?

I think she left in a car, arrived by foot.
I'd like to know where she came from.

She's unstable, maybe armed.

- I'm sending a deputy along with you.
- I work alone.

Not this time.

Walt, how does this sound?

"Ellis Hinkley, beloved local
businessman and good Samaritan...

...passed away before his time...

...of wounds suffered at the hands
of an unknown assailant."

Writing the police blotter
for the paper?

I'm trying to write Ellis' obituary.

Usually, that job falls to the family.

I know, but he didn't have any.

That's a good start, Ruby.

I'll start over.


- Can I help you folks with something?
- Sheriff Longmire.

Hi, my name's Johnson Mace.

- This is my wife, Maureen.
- Pleased to meet you.

Our daughter Evelyn disappeared
two-and-a-half years ago.

We thought she was dead.

But apparently,
you have evidence that she's alive.

Evelyn disappeared over two years ago.

The police couldn't find any sign of her.

We put up a reward. We even hired
a private investigator to find her.

Nothing. Until now.

- You're from Portland, right?
- Yeah.

- Then how did you see her on the local news?
- Our friends did.

They live in Jackson Hole. They called,
said they saw a picture of Evelyn on TV.

I booked a jet immediately.

So, please, tell us...

...what do you know?

I wanna be honest with you.

Evelyn's a person of interest
in a homicide case.

- What?
- Does Evelyn have a history...

...of mental illness or drug use?


She was just a normal girl.

She ever been arrested?

Yes, once. Shoplifting.

But that was wiped from her record.

There was also a check-forging charge.

She was on bail, awaiting a trial,
when she disappeared.

Our daughter is... Was aimless.

- She was trying to find herself.
- But she would never...

...ever harm another person.
- Did she have a boyfriend?

Teddy Brown.
We didn't approve of him.

But it's impossible that
she ran off with him.

- Why's that?
JOHNSON: He still lives in Portland.

- We see him from time to time.
- Usually coming out of a bar.

Hey, I went on Outward Bound.

Might be a little rusty,
but I learned, pfft, survival skills...

...rock climbing, orienteering...

Ferg, you realize
that tracking is a solitary journey?

Oh, sorry. Oh.

Yeah. My pod leader?

He said it was a conversation
between man and nature.

A conversation
that you are interrupting.

This is a toe print.
Pointing right toward the front door.

The girl came from that direction.

BRANCH: No one else has come forward
with information about this woman.

How about a cash reward?

Maces could afford it.

That's asking the parents
to put up a bounty on their own daughter.

They wanna find her.

But they may not wanna
send her to prison.

VIC: I have been on the phone
with the DMV all morning.

- My favorite branch of state government.
- Any luck?

Out of the, uh, four license plates
that start with 1778...

...only one could've possibly been
in Ellis' gas station yesterday.

It's a late-model Chrysler
leased to Newett Energy & Exploration LLC.

- Isn't that your husband's company?
- It is.

He got us a sit-down with the supervisor.

Pulling some strings.

Nice work, Vic.

- Gotta watch out for you.
- Tell your husband thanks.

I don't think I will.

I had to promise that you wouldn't
be involved so he'd agree to help.

WALT: We're interested in a vehicle
connected to your company.

We know a vehicle with the beginnings of that
number was near the scene of a homicide.

I'm sorry. Did you say,
"the beginnings of the number"?

We're gonna need a list of everyone who's
driven the car in the last three days.

Uh, pardon me for asking, but, uh,
aren't you the sheriff of Absaroka County?

- That's right.

Since we happen to be standing here
in Cumberland County...

...shouldn't Sheriff Wilkins be the one
asking the questions?

I'd feel a lot better if he were here.

This is a very simple request,
Mr. Vaughn.

I'm afraid our company privacy policy's
also very simple, sheriff.

Any requests for personal information
on employees requires a subpoena.

Mr. Vaughn...

...you happen to know, uh, Randy Cahill?

I can't say I know him.

Wait, isn't he the editor
of the Durant Courant?

- That's him.
VIC: Hm.

He's always bugging me for scoops.

I bet he'd be interested to know
that your company...

...is stonewalling a
homicide investigation.

Huh. So Mr. Vaughn here has to decide
whose privacy is more important...

...that of a single employee...

...or the huge corporation
that pays his salary.

Take a look at those numbers
one more time.

Used to do some work
down in South America.

I thought I'd left behind the corruption...

...and the blackmailing
from the local police force.

The, uh, vehicle with those plates
is, uh... It's a company car.

It's used by Leland Townes. He's, uh,
not really an employee, technically.

So who is Leland Townes?

He owns this property.

We, uh, lease his mineral rights
so we can drill here.

Henry, look at this.

- Ferg, we are not collecting rocks.
- No, this is Herderite.


Herderite doesn't occur naturally
in Wyoming.

Is that true?

Yeah, most Herderite
comes from Brazil or Africa.

I collect minerals. Heh.

- You are full of surprises.
- Why do you think it's here?

It is a breadcrumb.

LELAND: I inherited the place
about five years ago from my dad...

...but I'm a terrible rancher.
The land went to hay a few years later...

...so I decided to lease some of it
to Newett.

They promised that they'd clean it up
after they were done drilling.

And, uh, it sure is nice
to get a paycheck every month.

Got your name and address from Newett.
They lease a car for you. Is that right?

- Yeah, and it's a nice one too.
- Anyone besides you use that car?


Do you recognize this guy?


From somewhere.

Uh... Ah, wait, he's the, uh... The cashier
at the gas station at State Road 27.

You, uh, been to that station recently?

Oh, I know what this is about.
This is about the crazy woman.

WALT: Crazy woman?

I mean, I pulled in there yesterday
to get some gas and this young lady...

Homeless, I guess?
She nearly jumped on my hood.

Started screaming
about "they" coming to get her.

- Heh.
VIC: Is this her?

Yeah, that's her.

She seemed unhinged, kind of scared me.
So I just... I drove off.

Didn't wanna get involved,
you know.

The station owner was shot.

Oh, no.

Is he gonna make it?


I feel awful.
I should have called 911.

You remember, uh, seeing
any other people at that station?

Any other vehicles?

Yeah, actually.

There was a black SUV pulled in and, um...

I don't know the make.
They all look the same to me.

- Did you see anyone get out of it?

But, uh, the license plate had a evergreen
tree in the middle, between the numbers.

Oregon plates.

Evelyn's boyfriend, Teddy Brown.

Find out what kind of vehicle he drives.

The DMV again.
What, am I being punished for something?

It's character-building.


Library's down the street, Jim.

I can't take anything out there.
I'm not a resident of Absaroka.

And you're not the sheriff
of Cumberland County.

You upset about something, Jim?

I got a nasty phone call
from the CEO at Newett Energy.

They were upset
about getting the third degree.

You threatened to go to the media?


You know how these corporate types are.

They can't see the upside
until you point out the downside.

Those guys at Newett,
they write campaign checks. Big ones.

Doesn't give them the right
to break the law...

...but it does entitle them
to a little respect.

By the way,
I feel I've earned a little respect too.

I got a homicide case, Jim.
I didn't have time to check in.

I get that.

But you were on my turf.

It ain't much...

...but it's mine, okay?

Mea culpa.

I'll check in on any future visits.

Thanks, Walt.

Hey, Branch. Nice campaign signs.

Better keep an eye on this one, Walt.

WALT: Every day.
JIM: Better you than me. Ha-ha-ha.



WALT: So...
- Talked to South Dakota...

...not a lot of info on this couple...

...but part of their MO
is not using their own vehicles.

They steal a different car for each holdup.

I suppose you've, uh, already got a list
of all reported auto thefts.

I did.

But, Walt, given our limited resources...

...we're dealing with
a needle-haystack situation here.

I really think we gotta let the Maces
offer their reward.

Putting money on the table
is gonna triple the haystacks.

Just wait until you see the garbage leads
they're gonna try and sell us.


But, given the circumstances...

...I think you're right.



I, uh... I took him by the hospital.

And, uh, they examined him.

He was a little dehydrated,
but he's in good shape.


You talk to Children's Services?

Yeah. Because a crime was involved,
I convinced them to grant us custody...

...until a social worker
can take over.

They'll send me the paperwork.

Oh, this was in the baby's
swaddling blanket.

"I love you."

You think Evelyn was the mother?


CADY: What kind of mom
puts her baby in a rabbit hutch?

I think that she was trying
to protect him.

Or hide him.

We don't even know for sure
the baby's hers.

Maybe she just abandoned him.

You know, that happens
more than you think.

I don't think so.

She left these crystals along her path,
like, uh, breadcrumbs.

To mark the way back.

That's what the milk was about.


Ruby said the girl asked Ellis
about milk.

So maybe she hid her baby...

...went to the store, planned to go back,
but something stopped her.

- Where'd you say you found him, Ferg?
- Uh...

Right here.

Right there.

You two stay here, look after him.

If Evelyn was trying to hide this child,
maybe someone's looking for him.

You looking for something?



You're a good boy.


- Yes, you are.
FERG: Who's next?

Thank you for coming forward...

...but our missing girl is not a redhead.
- You sure?

Does this mean
I don't get the $100,000?



Can you bring me Evelyn's photo?

Walt, where the hell are you?

I'm in my office.


I found Evelyn's boyfriend,
Teddy Brown.

He said he'd been in Portland
the whole time.

I haven't been able to confirm his alibi.
Who is this?

- This is October.
VIC: October what?

Just October. Discovered the baby.
She was looking for him.

That's what you say.
I say I was just out for a walk.

Wearing a Baby Bjorn?

Do you know this woman?

Hm. What a nice picture.

Of course I know April.

- That isn't her name.
- She doesn't go by "Evelyn" anymore.

- Were you looking for Evelyn's baby?
- The boy is not April's baby.

He's our baby.

April stole him.

What do you mean by "our"?

He belongs to our family.

That's how we live.

As it was meant to be.

A loving community of
brothers and sisters...

...in harmony with the
earth and each other.

It's an incredibly beautiful thing.

Okay. So where's April?

Even if I knew where April was,
I couldn't tell you.

Why don't you tell us
about your family?

Mm, you wouldn't get it.

- How many members in your family?
- Twelve. That's the golden number.

Does your cult have a name?

Why is there so much ignorance
in the world?

You live your lives divorced
from the land and its bounty.

Fill your bodies
with chemicals and poisons each day.

You worship a messiah
who vanished 2000 years ago?

Maybe you're the cult.

- I think I'll go now.
- No, you won't.

You're the only person that's seen Evelyn
in the last two years.

Until you tell us where she's been,
you're not leaving here.


You cannot detain me for walking in
the woods with a Baby Bjorn, sheriff.

So I'm gonna go.

That's assault. Shall I press charges?


Let her go.

I get it. Let them go, catch them later.

Clearly, she's not gonna tell us anything.

Maybe she'll lead us somewhere.

Ferg, there's a water glass
in my office.

Pull her prints off that glass.

See if she turns up in the system


You lost, kemosabe?


No, I would be Tonto
and you would be kemosabe.

You're trespassing. Raise your hands.




Vic, you're supposed to
be following October.

I am. Look.

She hasn't moved since you left.
It's like some creepy little vigil.

Don't let her out of your sight.

Walt, this gentleman insists
he has valuable information...

...about Evelyn Mace,
but he will not talk to anybody but you.

My wife is a nurse and midwife.

She delivered a baby for that girl.

- Really?
- Mm-hm.

- When was that?
- Maybe two months back.

- Where's your wife?
- Where's my check?

I got a man dead.

Now, this girl could be the key
to finding the killer.

- You realize that?
- I do.

So where's my check?



Please let me out.

Please let me out.


I want my baby!

Please let me...

Let me out.

I'm looking to speak to a nurse
named Katharine Holt.

Um, let me see if I can find her.

Ferg wants to talk to you.

You know, it'd be a lot easier
if you got a cell phone of your own.

I don't need one.

- What's up, Ferg?
FERG: I got a hit on October's prints.

Her legal name is Fiona Hines.


She's 27 and guess what?

She also went missing, but five years ago
in Madison, Wisconsin.

- Last seen at a Greyhound station.
- Is she still sitting outside?

Yeah, she hasn't moved for hours.

Honestly, sheriff,
it's starting to freak me out.



You'll be all right, Ferg.

You wanted to see me?

Did you deliver this young lady's baby?
About two months ago?

KATHARINE: I'm sorry I didn't come forward,
but these people are scary.

Which people?

Those girls from the farmers market.

The ones that sell organic milk
and eggs and jam.

Couple months back, one of them
came pounding on my door at 3 a.m.

Said her sister was having a baby
and there were complications.

I guess they knew I was a midwife.

They offered me $2000.

We need the money, but I had no idea
what I was getting into.

They blindfolded me...

...then we drove for like 40 minutes.

No one spoke the entire time.

Did you have any idea
where you were driving?

Could you hear or see anything?

No, not really. I tried to count the turns,
but I got confused.

I think we crossed railway tracks
just before we got there.

Got where?

KATHARINE: When they took the
blindfold off, I was in this...

...weird room with a mural.

The pregnant girl was in bad shape.

The baby was breech.

I got him turned around and after
another hour of pushing, she delivered.

None of these women spoke to you at all?


On the way home,
one of them whispered:

"If you tell anybody about this,
I will wake you in your bed one night...

...and stick a knife into your belly."

Hear any rumors
about cults in the area?

You know, you hear about
survivalists up in the woods...

...but that's dudes with beards
and guns and tins of food.

This sounds different.

More like Waco
or that Heaven's Gate thing.

But who's leading it?
And where are they?




Of course.

Ruby wants to patch in a call to you.

On my cell phone.

Sheriff Longmire. JIM: Hi, Walt.

I guess you figured
if you weren't snooping yourself...

...it'd be okay to send your Indian.

- I thought we were clear on this.
- Henry's there?

He is.

And he was trespassing
on Newett Energy property.

Put him on.

- What happened?
- I followed the yellow brick road.

It ended here,
near the grill of a black SUV.

Didn't happen to see a license plate?

No, I was a little distracted.

Sit tight, Henry.

Branch, you head back.

I gotta go get Henry.
Then find a judge.

This is, like,
the world's longest staring contest.


Ferg, come on.
I've worked with Monica for years.

She's been in children's services
for a decade.

Can't be too careful.

- All right, she checks out.
- Thanks.

Thank you for your patience.

- Here he is.
- Oh, yeah.

- Did you park nearby?
- Around the corner.

Okay, I'll walk you to your car.

Okay then. Bye-bye.

CADY: Where are you parked?
MONICA: Right around there corner, there.

So, Cady.

Branch, don't.

Don't what? Don't walk you
to this nice woman's car?

- You need to stop calling me.
- Maybe if you answered your phone.


Give me that!


BRANCH: Cady, you okay?
- Hey!




Walt, you want me to give you a warrant...

...to search the entire property
of Newett Energy, based on a hunch?

It's more than a hunch, Gil.

Right, there's those vague recollections
by a blindfolded woman.

Judge Mayhew, I tracked that girl back
from the crime scene to their property.

And you and the Eagle Scout
found some crystals.


- It is non-native.
- Your Honor, Henry's a skilled tracker.

He's also a trespasser.

Walt, without some real evidence...

...I'm not signing that.





Holy shit, that's October.



What's up, Vic?

VIC [OVER PHONE]: October stabbed
the social worker, I got hit by a car.

- Wait, what?
- It doesn't matter.

The plate number of the car
that tried to flatten me...

...it's registered to October
under her legal name, Fiona Hines.

Guess where the address is.

A cult?

Walt, I had no idea
anything like this was going on here.

Thought he and these girls were a
bunch of hippie organic farmer types.

It didn't strike you as odd...

...this man was with 12 young women
in the middle of nowhere?

Didn't think it was my business.

Plus, Leland and the energy company
were funding your campaign, right?

I'm not in anybody's pocket.

I can trust you to back me up
when I go through that door.

You know you can.

Looks like the cult hit the road.

Their cars are here.

They gotta be here somewhere.

Over there.


Put your hands up, Mr. Townes.

Do as he says, Leland.


That's the gun.
You can check the ballistics.

Put your hands up.

An object in motion stays in motion.

It's the law of the universe.

I did not wanna kill
that old man at the gas station.

But he was gonna take April from us.

And it was ordained.

Nothing shall interfere with the plan.


You don't need this.

I've already escaped.

- Where's Evelyn?
- You mean April.

She's with January.

And February and March.

May, June, July, August, September,
October, November and December.

Where are the girls, Leland?

- What's this plan you're talking about?
LELAND: What was it Louis Armstrong said?

"If you have to ask, you'll never know."

We're all just points in the universe...

...converging on the infinite.

Whoa. Whoa.

What the hell?

WALT: Must have taken something.
He's poisoned himself. Get some water.

Must've been something in the tea.

What should we do?
Call an ambulance?

No time.


Welcome back.

I'm not gonna let you die, Leland.

You might as well tell me
where Evelyn and the girls are.

LELAND: I've found that those
who fight hardest against death...

...are the ones most tempted
by its salvation.

They're lost.

April was lost before she came to me.

What'd you provide her
that she didn't have before?


I made her realize
that we're all just individual points...

Converging on infinity.


LELAND: I showed her we're all just
part of this earth, here for a short time.

We need to step aside,
make room for new people.

April was, heh, trying
to avoid her destiny.

I couldn't let that happen.

So you found her at the gas station.

All that business about
the black SUV from Oregon...

...you made that up.

Time to move on to the next stage.

And the next stage is death.


You silly little man.

The next stage: Rebirth.

Death, just a door.

Why now, Leland?

Why try and kill yourself now?

It was ordained.

The boy's birth was the sign.

Evelyn's baby.

April's and my son.

He arrived, it was clear.

We'd all served our purpose.

You know, sheriff,
you served your purpose as well.

I know you're not happy.

Why not just let it go?

Why not drive around those gates?
Kill the pain. Become immortal.

Let's walk through the door together.

Points converging on the infinite.


Got a train heading west near Postal Road.

Do whatever it takes to stop it.




Come on.

They're still breathing.
Get them up!




Where's my baby? Is he okay?

He's fine.
We'll get you out of here.





BRANCH: He hit the brake,
but I don't know if he can stop it in time.



Come on.

Don't move.

I got you.

RUBY: "Ellis Hinkley,
long-time resident of Absaroka County...

...passed away on Friday.

A valued member of the community,
Ellis leaves behind no family.

But his kindness,
his decency and his courage...

...will be remembered
by everyone who knew him.

He will be missed."

That sounds about right.

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