Surface (2022–…): Season 1, Episode 3 - Surface - full transcript

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It's just right up these stairs.

A little different than your place, huh?

What made you start to suspect my husband?

Anything to do with the fact
that you were sleeping with his wife?

James bought a plane ticket to Portland.

February 11, day before your accident.

The plane manifest
doesn't find his name here…

or here.

GPS records from his car,
day of the accident.

James was a half a mile
from the pier that day.



So why don't you arrest him?

Well, that's just the start
of building a case.

He lied about his alibi, red flag.
The rest's just circumstantial.

There's no cameras on the ferries,
so no footage from that day.

No hard proof.

Yet.

What about the motive?

Usually, homicide involving spouses,
motive is money or jealousy.

Us.

And what was "us"?

So, I've been here before?

Yeah.

A lot?

A few times.



What about Marin?

How often did you come?

We were seeing each other a couple months,

and toward the end,
you weren't as careful.

So he knew about us.

I'm doing everything I can
to keep you safe.

I should go.

Look, if he starts to suspect something
or you get a weird feeling,

just get out of there
and call me right away.

Use your burner phone.

Burner phone?

Hey.

Hey.

What are you up to?

You know, just finishing some work.

You okay?

Yeah, just done in.

Gonna run a bath.

Okay.

Can I bring you a glass of wine?

I'm fine, thanks.

Too late.

I already poured it.

Thanks.

I'm glad that you're relaxing.

You seemed off when you got home.

I was a bit out of sorts.

Yeah.

Saw an accident on the way home.

Motorcycle.

Young guy.

There was a crowd around him,
and I could tell he wasn't moving.

Jesus.

I'm sorry.

Just leave it.

Wait, it's Caroline.
Do you want me to get it?

I'll call her back later.

You know, I...

I talked to her today.

Yeah, I thanked her for going with you
on your little getaway.

She said that you're starting
to remember some things.

Did she?

Yeah.

I mean, that must be really scary.

You know, if things are coming back
around the accident.

I did mention one thing.

A flash I had.

Not sure what it was.

I was younger. A teenager, maybe.

I was riding a horse.

In England?

No idea.

Well, they say that
the oldest memories come back first.

I will leave you to it.

Hey, you want me to drop you
at the hospital?

It's on my way.

I think I'll stroll. It's such a nice day.

Yeah?

- Love you.
- You too.

Leave a message.

Hey, buddy. We got that meeting.

Hey.

What you working on?

It's personal.

I can tell.

Okay. I can't believe Miranda's making
such a big deal out of this whole thing.

It's a healthy number
of zeros we're off here.

Yeah.

- I'll bet you drinks it's Todd's fuckup.
- Fucking Todd.

A hundo says he's let go
by the end of the meeting.

- All right. I'll see you in there.
- Yeah.

Fuck.

Hey.

You must be James Ellis.

And you are?

MacKenzie Isen. Brought on
to conduct the internal investigation.

There's an investigation?

You must have heard
about the money that's unaccounted for.

Yeah, but... I mean,
I didn't realize it was so unusual.

I mean, you know,
we move so much capital in and out.

It was probably just late reporting.

I mean, some start-up run by a 25-year-old
living on Mountain Dew

forgot to update their paperwork.

Could be.

Or it's a data entry mistake on our end.

Or maybe it's embezzlement.

Haven't had one of those in a while.

I'm talking to all the employees.
Partners on down.

I have you down for this afternoon.
5:00 p.m.

You know what? Tonight's not great.

My...

My wife, she was in an accident
not so long ago.

So I have only been back
at work full-time for a little while now.

So maybe another time.

Sure, no problem.

We'll do first thing in the morning.
How's 8:00 a.m.?

- Yeah.
- Great.

- Good morning, James.
- Hey.

When Big D rolling through?

- Why? Is there a problem?
- Yeah, I'm ready to scale up.

Not if I got to wait around
all day for my supply.

Can I help you?

I was wondering if I could speak
with an officer who was assigned

- to an incident I was involved in.
- What kind of incident?

It was a suicide attempt.

His name is Thomas Baden.
May I speak with him, please?

What's your name?

Sophie Ellis.

Date of the incident?

February 12th.

Well, the officer listed
on the report is Linda Johnson.

Do you want to speak with her?
There's no Officer Baden at this precinct.

Well, can you tell me what precinct
Thomas Baden works at then? It's urgent.

There's no one by that name in the SFPD.

Excuse me?

You must be mistaken.

Whoever Thomas Baden is, ma'am,
he's not a police officer.

Sophie. Sophie, slow down.
Let me talk to you.

I know you're not a cop.

I'm undercover. Narcotics.

That's convenient.

Roger called me.

Guy at the front desk.

Smug look on his face,
uniform a little too tight.

Was he drinking out
of the Sunset Elementary School mug?

His kids go there.
They're cute. You'd like them.

- Were you the officer assigned to my case?
- There is no case.

I'm the case. No one knows
about this except me and you.

So you lied to me.

You should've told me you were undercover.

Actually, an essential element
of being undercover is not telling anyone.

You shouldn't have gone
into a police station asking for me.

Why were you trying to find me?

James do something?

He started asking weird questions.

Wanted to know if I remember things
about the accident.

We were right. He's hiding something.

What else?

I saw the texts between us.

Why didn't you tell me how serious it was?

I didn't think you were ready.

You're right. I wasn't ready before.

It all just seemed like a story
about someone else.

I am ready now.

You want to get something to eat?

So we came here a lot?

Not exactly gonna run into your friends
on this side of town, right?

Right.

You'll like this place. Trust me.

I guess that's a hard thing to do,

considering I know next to nothing
about you.

What do you want to know?

Okay. For starters,
why were you seeing a married woman?

It's a little more complicated than that.

So tell me. No one else can.

You weren't happy with him.

Not for a while.

Why?

Maybe you resented him?

The person he turned you into.
Some rich guy's wife.

Didn't feel like you.

I said that?

Yeah. Pretty much. Why?

It just makes sense.

Everyone's acting like I'm supposed
to be happy with a walk-in closet

and a calendar full of lunches,
but the whole thing feels hollow.

Thank you for telling me the truth.

I didn't realize how many secrets
my marriage was hiding.

Look, I don't have all the answers,
and I don't know the full story. So...

- Of course. I didn't mean to...
- I just want to keep you safe, all right?

All that other stuff, me, you…

I'm not trying to get back to that.

You know what?

I'm not really hungry after all.

How about we just get a drink?

Yeah. Come on.

Hi, this is James Ellis.

I'm calling to follow up
on my loan application.

I was expecting a phone call
from you guys.

Hi. Yes, I was just about to call you.

Unfortunately,
your application was denied.

Sorry it didn't work out.

Did you get all the...
Of the paperwork I sent over?

The assets, investments...

We did.

And our underwriting team also found
you have second mortgages taken out

on both your homes.

In their estimation,
you're too leveraged at this time.

Listen, I'm sorry it didn't work out.
Have a good night, Mr. Ellis.

Fuck!

What the fuck?

You all right?

Yeah.

Yeah.

I'm just annoyed, you know?

I've got these two deals
hanging over my head.

Sophie waiting at home.

- You sure?
- Yeah. I'm fine.

I just need some sleep, that's all.

Okay. See you tomorrow.

Yeah.

What?

How did we even meet?

Members-only club. Lennox House.

Sounds posh.

What were you doing there?

I wasn't.
I was at the pizza joint up the block.

But I had got caught in the rain,

and there I was, just standing outside,
minding my own business,

and out you came in a huff.

I want to thank you all
for everything you do. All of you…

Yeah. Let's go, you guys.

You okay?

Sorry, you just seem a little upset.

Okay.

I hate this place.

Yeah.

Me too.

Apparently something
had really pissed you off.

What?

You didn't say. I didn't ask.

I said the drinks
in there looked pretty good,

and you told me you knew a spot
where there were better ones.

Really?

That sounds so impulsive.

Yeah, well, that's how it happened.

So, where'd we go?

Here.

What happened after that?

We had a couple of drinks, and…

Oh, no. I mean, um...

How did one night turn into all this?

I'm not sure I know how to answer that.

We had a lot in common.

Not, like, hobbies and shit.
More like intuition.

Intuition? About what?

There was just a connection.

You didn't have to explain yourself to me.

Other people in your life,
they ask a lot of questions.

Other people, like my husband?

What sort of questions?

Sometimes when you go
through certain things in your past,

the last thing you wanna do
is talk about them.

And so we didn't.

Maybe you're right.

Maybe it is just a story
about someone else.

We don't have to be who we were
to each other before, okay?

Let's just be who we are now.

Play me another song.

Something the old me liked.

Sophie, is that you?

What are you doing here?

Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you.
I have a spare key.

You gave me a key in case of an emergency.

So, what's the emergency?

I saw you leave the gallery.

I know you heard me
and James on the phone.

And,

Look, I just need you to know
that this was his idea.

To cover it up.
At the time, it made sense.

- Caroline...
- There's a part of the story…

I've left out.

Which part?

You and James
were going through a hard time.

And…

something happened between me and him.

And it was a stupid fucking mistake.

You stopped talking to me.

You know, we didn't speak
for months before the accident.

And, maybe, if I had been there...

If I had been in your life,
then it wouldn't have happened.

I don't know.

Why did you lie?

I guess…

because it felt like a second chance.

You'd already erased all our mistakes.

Why relive them?

Only, I realize now
it doesn't work like that.

We can't just pretend we're new people,

and that the past doesn't exist.

'Cause maybe it doesn't for you,

but for the rest of us, it's everywhere.

You mustn't blame yourself.

You're not the reason I...

No, you called me… that morning.

What do you mean "that morning"?

From the pier. I didn't answer.

You left a message.
And I am so fucking sorry, Sophie.

I'm so fucking sorry

that I wasn't there for you
when you reached out.

But I never, in a million years, thought...

Do you still have it?

What?

The message. Do you still have it?

Yeah.

Can I hear it?

Do you really wanna do that?

It's there.

Hey, I...
I know we haven't spoken in a while.

I just... I was with James.

He walked off just now, but…

I don't know. I feel like I'm going crazy.

Call me if you can. I need your help.

Are you okay?

Yeah.

It's just a lot to process.

Maybe, can you send it to me?

Yeah, I can text it to you, if you want.

Don't tell James about this, all right?

He needs to tell me, but on his own terms.

Of course.

I am so sorry.

Hey, I...
I know we haven't spoken in a while.

I just... I was with James.

He walked off just now, but…

I don't know. I feel like I'm going crazy.

Call me if you can. I need your help.

Babe?

You just back from a run?

Yeah, I think I pushed too hard.

Still feel a bit shaky.

Well, look, we've got that mixer tonight.
Miranda's thing.

But we... Hey, look,
we can cancel if you want.

I'll be okay.

Why don't we... I don't know.

Why don't we just stay here and cook?

Just the two of us.

It's a work thing.
We should show our faces, right?

- You're right.
- I should get ready, then.

Thanks for coming.

I know it isn't our usual time,
but something came up.

Attempted homicide I need you
to follow up on.

His wife went overboard on a ferry.
It was ruled an attempted suicide,

but I have reason to believe
the husband lied about his alibi.

It doesn't sound like it has anything
to do with the case you're working on.

So, okay. Yeah, it's not my jurisdiction.

What do you expect me to do,
just look the other way?

It was an attempted homicide.
She's still in danger.

Is this the same woman who showed up
at the station, asking for you?

You got a thing with her?

Jesus, fuck.

Nah. There's nothing here
puts him at the scene.

GPS records.

Oh, yeah. And where'd you get those?

You gonna tell me they're admissible
in court?

All right, listen to me.
I get the job's tough.

I've been there.
I know how welcome distractions can be,

but not the kind that are gonna
blow your fucking cover,

that can get you killed.

All right, forget about this shit.
End it with her.

And if she's in danger, she can call 911.

Get the full protection of the SFPD
at her service.

But not you.

Okay?

Or I'm gonna go to the captain
and have you pulled. Do you understand me?

I got it. I got it.

What is this place?

Lennox House. It's a private club.

You remember it?

No.

Oh, my God. Sophie, you look great.

- Hi.
- Hey.

- Elliot, it's good to see you.
- You too.

Holy shit, Shawn Pareksh is here.

Twelve o'clock, Buddy Holly glasses.
Let's go.

Wha... Are you serious? We just got here.

Oh, my God.
What the fuck's with you lately?

Gotta go.

Okay, be right back.

Always so much work at these work parties.

I'm just gonna find the ladies' room.

- Grab me a drink?
- Of course.

The way that we operate
as a company is very, very different. So…

I can't talk right now.

Where are you? With him?

In public. At a work party.

The Lennox House.
I'll call you back later.

Hey, can I get one more?

Ellis.

Miranda.

Hey, I know
the investigator's picking on you.

Is she?

Think she sees something that isn't there.

But I know this whole thing
has nothing to do with you.

Well, I'm sure
she'll get to the bottom of it. She seems…

more than capable.

Have a drink. Relax.

It's shitting everywhere.

Will you just take her back to the…

Sorry. I got caught up.

I got a good feeling about this deal.

Are you kidding? You nailed it.

I mean, I'm always too aggressive,
but this guy,

he's just got this way
of making everyone trust him.

Right, Sophie?

Absolutely.

I need another drink.

Yeah, I'll take another scotch.

- Jesus, slow down.
- I'm good.

- You sure?
- I'm fine.

I'll get this one. You got the last one.

Get him a water.

- What are you doing here?
- Let's go.

You have proof James was at the pier.

That makes him a threat
right here, right now.

I can't just leave with you.
You don't get it.

Look, I know you just want to pretend
the past didn't happen.

Just be who we are now.
But that past is real.

I'm married.

I had a brain injury, and I got put
under a fucking conservatorship.

I can't just disappear.
We have to do this right.

Staying here is gonna get you killed.

No, you being here
is what's gonna get me killed.

Sophie?

Hey.

I'm James Ellis.
You're with Cyprus, right?

Yeah. Yeah. John Carillo.
Pleasure to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

We're heading downstairs.

You want to grab your drink
and come meet us?

- Yeah. Course.
- Yeah?

You too, John.

Can I get you anything?

A glass of water, please.

He doesn't even know who you are.

Okay, but that doesn't mean that...

So we were wrong about the motive.

- Maybe we were wrong about everything.
- No.

You think you know what's going on.

- You think you know me.
- Sophie, listen...

Maybe you don't.

You look like you're having zero fun.

You okay?

It's been a tricky transition
back to normal life.

- Whatever that is.
- Right?

If I'm being honest,
it's been really difficult lately.

And the investigation at the firm,
I'm sure that's not helping.

No, it isn't.

Is it affecting Harrison as well?

He tends to let things slide off his back.

I don't know how when there are
millions of dollars missing.

Sometimes I think he's a sociopath.

Well, it's great that
he takes things in his stride.

I wish James could do that.

I mean, I get it.

Now that the investigation
is focusing on his department,

I understand if James is stressed.

Right.

To be honest, the financial lingo
goes over my head a little.

How much trouble
could someone be getting in here?

Well, I mean, if it ends up that somebody
actually stole this money from the firm,

which I am sure is not the case,

but if it is?

Embezzlement is serious jail time.
I mean, right?

Yeah.

It could bring the whole company down.

It looks like things are going well
over there.

We're actually gonna join him
for a late dinner. Seal the deal.

Okay.

I'll send the car to pick you up, okay?

I'll be fine.

Right, James?

Yeah.

I'm gonna...
Wait, I'm gonna grab another drink.

- You sure, buddy?
- Yeah.

- Okay. Just take it easy.
- I'm good.

I'm just gonna go check on him.

Stacey, make sure Shawn has a good time.

Sure.

Dude, you okay?

Shit.

You gonna be sick? That's not a good look.

Hey. Bro, what...

What the fuck's going on, man?
Are you all right?

No.

- Is it Sophie?
- Fuck.

What?

I fucked up, man.

I fuck... I fucked up.

And I don't know how to come out
the other side on this one. And...

What happened?

I can't, I can't…

I can't say.

Is this about the investigation?

No.

I'm fine now.

- So let's go talk to Shawn.
- Hey, no, no.

I've known you too long.
Don't do that shit.

- I meant... Let me just...
- Dude, just look... No, dude...

Hey, hey, look at me. Look at me.

Whatever it is, I got you, okay?

You're my brother.

But you just gotta tell me
what the fuck is going on.

Okay. I took some unnecessary risks.

- And it...
- Fuck.

No, there was an opportunity,
and I trusted the wrong person.

Okay? And I got fucked.

But I thought I could
make it right before anyone found out.

Look, it was an honest mistake.

You know me, I would...
I wouldn't steal money from the firm.

You kn...

You believe me, right? I wouldn't do that.

I wouldn't...

Fuck.

Okay, just come here. Come here.

You shouldn't have shown up like that.
It's not safe to talk just anywhere.

Sophie, what the hell is going on?

There's an investigation going on
at James's firm.

Millions of dollars missing.

So, you think it's on him?

He's been drinking too much,
staying late at work.

He has cameras everywhere.
He's paranoid about something.

What if it's this?

So he steals a couple million,
you find out...

And he had to get rid of the one person
who knew what he did.

Do you think this is possible?

That he could really try
to kill me for this?

Look, I've seen people
do a lot worse for a lot less.

You know, my whole life
made sense until you walked into it.

Did it?

Did you just believe
the story people have been selling you?

That you just jumped?

No.

Who do you believe, Sophie? Me or him?