Rubberneck (2012) - full transcript

Paul Harris works at a small research facility on the outskirts of Boston. After a weekend tryst with a co-worker leaves him wanting more, his unreciprocated desires gradually mold into an acute infatuation. When Danielle takes interest in a new scientist at the laboratory, Paul's suppressed resentments and perverse delusions finally become unhinged, triggering a horrific course of events that mercilessly engulf a tortured past and fugitive present.

- Viral Global and Kendall
Systems have the new arm,

so I'm like, fine.

You know what?

You want to go with them?

Be my guest.

I'm not gonna stand in your way,

but if you want strands that
aren't inadvertently laced

with dead skin and
fucking nachos,

you should think about coming
over to my lab, you know?

It might take us
a few more days,

but we're not gonna fuck it up,

so 48 hour hold.

I'm thinking it's a shoo in.

I can't imagine these guys
are gonna go somewhere else.

You've been here.

You know, you know?

How many times have
we done this dance?

- Yeah, I told you I worked for.

- So do you regret coming
to work for us yet?

- Almost.

- Almost.

- Check in with me in
about another week or two.

- What's it been, three,
three and a half weeks,

something like that?

- Going on four.

- Did anybody tell you

about the Christmas
party last year?

- There was a
blackout at the lab.

Ken flipped out,

and he took, like, two
dozen guinea pigs home here.

- No.

- He put them upstairs.

- No.

- Yeah, and they
were gone by the time

that the Christmas party.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah.

It just seems so random,

who gets it and who
doesn't, you know?

My sister, it
completely eluded her,

but I feel it bubbling
up in me, you know?

The monster rears its ugly head,

and all of a sudden,

I think, god,
I've become my mother.

- Yeah, I definitely
get it from my mom.

- Really?

- She just gets
so mad so quickly.

I think that's why she
ended up leaving us.

She just couldn't
get it under control,

couldn't figure out
a way to manage it.

She ended up going
down to Virginia.

She had some family down there,

and I think she just wanted to,

I don't know, start a new life.

- Paul.


- I'm sorry.

- Thanks.

- It's hard.

I still have that paper that
I need to finish for Ken,

and I'm tired, still a bit
hungover from last night.

- Look, nothing cures a
spiked eggnog hangover

better than Thai food
and a dark comedy.

- Yeah, is that a proven theory?

- Yes, it's been
scientifically proven

through many
comprehensive studies.

- I don't know, Paul.

It's so cold out,

and it's supposed to
snow again tonight.

- Well, if it snows,
it snows, you know?

I still have my sister's car.

It's got a functional heater.

It's got a roof.

It'll keep you warm and safe.

I promise.

- Warm and safe?

- Look, I'm not taking
no for an answer.

I eat there all the time.

It's not like, you
know, I like it.

- No, no, no.

The food is great.

- The food's incredible.

It's just the atmosphere.

- The music is loud.

- Or, yeah, it's deafening,

or we could just go
to a sushi place,

which I know is quiet, you know?

It's peaceful.

It's not...

- You know, I have that paper
due tomorrow at 10:00 A.M.,

and if I don't turn it in,

Ken is gonna kill me,

so I should probably
get home and get on it.

Would you mind just dropping
me back off at my place?

- Sure.

- Okay, thanks.

- Yeah, is everything alright?

- Yeah.

No, I just know that we're
gonna be sitting at dinner,

and all I'm gonna be
thinking about is the paper.

- Is it something I said?

- No, no, no, no.

It's getting late, and
I think it's, you know.

- I just thought we had a plan

to get some dinner
after the movie.

- No, we really kind of didn't.

I just thought that
it was gonna be,

you know, movie and then,

no, I mean, this
was a lot of fun.

It was great hanging out,

but I really should
get back home.

- Okay, yeah.

Yeah, I'll give you
a ride back home.

- Okay.

- We're gonna
have to double back

and run Keith's batch

because it came out with
some anomalies yesterday.

- I don't know.

It was toward the
end of the week.

You know what I can do?

If you want, you know what?

I'll send you the tracking.

- I wonder if it has
anything to do with the filters.

- Well, we haven't
changed anything else.

It's got to be the filters.

- Well, about a month ago,

we started using
those new cartridges.

- We're using new cartridges?

- Yeah, we started
using the cartridge.

Well, they discontinued the
ones we were relying on.

Here, that's ready
for your signature.

You got to call that guy

'cause he's not
responding to my emails.

- Well, did he send an invoice?

- Mhmm, but I don't know why
he's not calling me back.

I'd call him by the end
of the day if you could.

- Yep...

- I'll see you guys later.

- Yep.


- Well, maybe we can,

depending on when it comes in,

maybe we can look
at it after lunch

when we're done
with the endotoxins.

- Sounds good if we
have enough time.

- And we have that Sanders job

we need to finish up today,

just two cycles left on it.

Hey, good morning, Danielle.

- Hey, guys.

Do you know if the
Bay State plus tests

were sent out already?

- Yeah, I think Keith
sent them out last night.

- Is Keith around?

- I haven't seen him yet.

- Okay.

- When he comes in, ask him.

I'm pretty sure
they're taken care of...

- Yeah, tell him that
I'm looking for him...

- Sure, of course...

- Thanks.

- See this channel?

This would be 520 at my house.

- Yep.

- And this one, the one
that's three up, this one,

this would be 521.

- Okay.

- So why does
every provider have

to have its own set of numbers?

- It's not that complicated.

Look at the menu.

- If I can just interrupt

your political
discussion on channels,

it looks like I'm gonna
have to be in Worcester

on Tuesday afternoon,

which is when we're
supposed to go skating.

- I can take him if you want.

- I know your uncle's
not the best skater,

but he is pretty
entertaining on the ice.

- I'm fine on the ice.

- Left a bottle of wine.

- What time do you
think you'll be back?

- I don't
know, 7:00, 7:30?

- Okay.

There's a chance I might be
going on a date with Kathy

on Tuesday night so...

- Who's Kathy...

- If you're back by
7:30, it should be fine.

- Wait, who's Kathy?

- The girl I met online.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- Cool.

- Yeah, I'm excited.

- Well, good.

Well, give her a chance.

- Yeah, I will.

- Good.

- Come on.

Where is,

there we go.

Okay, guys, why don't
you take a look at that?

You don't have to fill it out,

but read it over in case someone

comes in here and
tries to shut me down.

Jeff, I know you're not
gonna be here all that much,

but read it anyway.

- Sure.

- Got to cross our
Ts and dot our Is.

You all done?


Let's take a look.

Yep, mmhm.


- First week of
November in an ideal world.

- Wow, okay,

so this is the
cage washing area.

There's a washer in the back,

different size cages
all along this side.

Basically just try
to keep everything

as clean as possible,

and then in here
is our animal room.

Each animal gets a
individual supply of air.

We have 12 to 15 cycles an hour,

and we try to keep them,

you know, as happy and
well fed as we can.

I don't know if you guys have

worked with guinea
pigs before directly?


So we like to pet our
guinea pigs individually

to acclimate them to human
touch during quarantine.

We find that it relaxes
them and calms them.

Otherwise, they get
very twitchy, jittery,

and it makes it much
harder to work with them.

We're gonna call
it the room one,

so you can follow me up here.

It's basically
our main lab room.

It's where most of our
primary work takes place,

you know, most of
the heavy lifting,

the work that pays
the bills essentially.

We have two lab benches here,

two across, and then two more

in the corner by the incubator.

We have sterilization
machines there,

and a centrifuge and clean room.

I don't know if you guys

are gonna be using
the clean room?

- No.

- No, okay.

Has Ken told you where
he wants you guys set up?

- No, not yet.

- He hasn't.

- Yeah, okay, we'll figure that.

Back here's where we
usually put new guys

by the tissue culture lab.

I suspect Ken will probably
place you somewhere up here.

- So, I mean, that's
pretty much it.

I'm in and out of
here all the time,

so I can answer any of your
questions if you have more...

- No, great,
everything was great.

I'm excited to start.

- You guys are completing
12 formulations

for the first phase
of your grant?

- Yep, 12 formulations,

we're gonna spin it around
and see what clicks,

and if nothing clicks,

I go from part time teacher

back to full time teacher

or maybe just go home and
develop a drinking problem.

- Well, as my old
boss used to say,

"Talent plus persistence
equals luck."

- Wise man.

- Yeah.

- Have you worked here long?

- About eight, nine months now.

- Like it?

- It's okay.

You know, it has
its ups and downs.

- I think that there's a
sense of community here,

and the people we've hired
have really contributed

to that sense of community.

You know, you've been
with your company

I think it was four years.

Why the switch now?

- Well, TGA is a
wonderful facility.

However, I feel like the lab

that I walked into
four years ago

is still largely the lab

that I continue
to work at today.

Seeing so many labs
around me really excel

in the last few years,
probing very exciting,

very interesting paths of
research and development,

make me feel like switching

to another facility would
allow me an opportunity

to hop on that train.

- I think perhaps
that your enthusiasm

and your experience can
make a difference here.

The next step though is for me

to arrange a meeting with you

and our medical director,

and I'll let you know.

- Hey, Paul.

- Hey, Tommy, how are you?

- Skin's a little wrinkly,

so that doesn't help,

and he's, I don't know,

either 80 or 90.

It's hard to tell.

At that age, it's all
one big geriatric blob

as far as I'm concerned,

but, you know, winter, rain,

sleet, snow, hail,

he's out there
jogging with no shirt,

just shorts and shoes,

and I'm talking, like, you
know, solid gold dancer,

tight '80s kind of shorts.

- Well, and his chest tattoo.

- And his chest tattoo.

- To keep him warm.

- Yeah, yeah, I mean,
middle of winter,

whatever, no big deal.

You're just jogging.

- You guys talking about
that old jogger guy?

- Yeah, you know him?

- The guy with the Stalin
tattoo on his chest?

- Stalin, that's who it is.

- Well, I think it's
a Stalin tattoo.

I'm a little afraid of the guy.


- Yeah, he's always sort
of muttering to himself,

like aggressively.

- Passages from the
little red book.

- I am the people's jogger.

- Well, I'll see you guys.

- Alright.

Yeah, he looks good
though at that age.

You know, he's
got like six pack.

- Yeah.

- Some guns.

I hope I look that
good when I'm 80.

- I hope I look that
good when I'm 40.

Take it easy.

- Alright, man.

- Why don't
you just grow a beard?

- I don't look good in a beard.

It doesn't work with this face.

It doesn't compute.

- Not a good vibe?

- Not a good vibe, no,
not a good feeling.

It's not good for
a lot of reasons.

It's not good
because it's itchy.

It's not good because
women tend to not like it,

and it's not good because
potential employers

tend to not like it.

I can't go into a
interview with a beard.

- I thought you liked your job.

I thought you enjoyed it.

- Well, I've been
at the same place

for a while now,
buddy, you know?

When you're at the
same place for a while,

you kind of feel like
maybe it's time to move on,

get some new opportunities,
new experiences.

- Ordained ministers,
you know that?

Yes, sir.

You know you can send $35
dollars off in the mail,

and you can become one
in about five weeks.

- Do you think
you could help me?

- Of course we can.

That's what we do around here.

- Really?

- Yes, sir.

The first thing
we need to do now

is to fill out this form.

It's a special occasion sheet,

and a couple colleagues of mine

will come back in here

and conduct a medical exam.

- Wow, that's it?

- For now.

- I just thought it would be

so much more
complicated than this.

- Well, the surgical
procedure is relatively easy.

It's finding that donor
is the tricky part.

- I can't believe
this is happening to me.

- You just fill out that form,

and I'll be back here
in a few minutes.

- Thank you, Doctor.

- You're quite welcome.

- I'm sorry.

I'm really stressed out.

I'm sorry.

There's all this stuff
going on at work.

- It's okay.

Don't worry about it.

- I'm just really stressed out.

I'm sorry.

- It's okay, Paul.

- I'm gonna give you an
extra 30 for the taxi.

Is that okay?

- That's perfect.

Thank you.

- What we do is we take
a phospholipid molecule.

We put it into water.

What happens?

Well, the hydrophilic head
tends to face the water, yes?

Philic, affinity towards water,

we are facing it,

so then the hydrophobic,

scared of the water,

are forced to stick
together, okay?

That forms the bilayer.

Everybody got that?

- I'm gonna go to Dean's
for lunch, I think, today.

You interested in anything?

- I'm okay.

I have leftovers from
a couple days ago.

I think I'm just
gonna stay here.

- That reminds me,
I sent out that,

did you see that
picnic esplanade email

I sent out this morning?

- Yeah, I caught that.

- Yeah, so I sent a blast out,

but I sent out personal ones

to the new people to invite them

and their spouses,

introduce them to the lab
tradition of these picnics

and all that sort of stuff.

Anyway, I sent out an email
to Chris and his wife,

and like almost immediately,

I get this auto reply saying,

like, you know, after
many, many difficult years,

I've finally completed
my solar powered

catamaran canoe or something,

and I'm like, what?

And finally I realized,

it was the wrong
Chris Burke obviously.

- Chris' Burke, it's
Chris, dot, Burke,

and I did Chris
Burke as one word,

thereby stumbling across this
adventure canoer or something.

- You should tell Chris that.

He'd find it funny.

- It was weird.

- Yeah, pretty much.

- It's brilliant.

- And there was no way
that kid is 10 years old.

I mean, I saw him
after the game.

He had hair on his upper lip.

It was like ridiculous.

- You should have demanded
a birth certificate.

- I totally should have.

- Like a long form
birth certificate.

- Yeah, yeah.

I'd like to see what it said,

1975 or something.

- At least you guys
won a game though.

You got one W under your belt.

That's something.

- We did.

We did.

That meant a lot to Sean.

- Yeah, I could tell.

He was excited.

- He had a good time.

He had a good time, yeah.

So you had a good time
with Kathy on your date?

- It was okay, yeah.

It was alright.

I'm not sure if it's
gonna lead to anything,

but it was okay.

- Well, maybe it's not
gonna lead somewhere

'cause that's where
you're guiding it.

- Okay, here we go again.

- What?

Look, Paul, you were with
Danielle for one weekend.

- That's my fucking point,

that it was just
one weekend, okay?

There was never an
opportunity for,

she never gave me a...

- Paul, Paul, listen to me.

Listen to me, okay?

There are things that
are out of our control,

and there are things that
are in our control, okay?

I mean, you know how you get.

You know how I get.

I mean, so what can we do?

Am I gonna go back in time

and fix my marriage?

Are we gonna be able
to build a time machine

to make mom stay with us

so we can grow up healthy,
happy, shiny people

that can have
normal relationships

and who don't have
abandonment issues?

No, but there are
things we can control,

and what you can
control is by not being

in the same building
with that person, aright,

by not putting yourself
through that daily torture,

and by accepting a job
that is offered to you.

- Today she was French.

Yesterday she was Chinese.

Australian is thrown in.

-, Danielle.

- Pretty often,

but I always look forward

to how she's gonna
pronounce my name,

and I've gotten so used to it

that I kind of enjoy
it in the morning.

- She's sort of your
best friend?

- She is.

She sort of is.

- Everything look alright?

- Yeah, everything is fine,

but the hood was
left open again,

which is annoying.

- That is annoying.

No matter how many
signs you put up.

- Cheese pudding or
something like that.

- That sounds disgusting.

- Hey, you guys want
a cup of coffee?

- No, I'm okay...

- No thanks.

- Alright.

- Alright, so you want to drive?

I drive?

- I'll print out those labels.

I'll send them to
Janine later today.

- Great.

Make sure you send
her an email as well.

- So my dad got this idea
that for his retirement

he was going to convert it
into a bed and breakfast,

which sounds like a good idea,

but if you know my dad,

he has no business sense at all.

He has no clue what he's doing

when it comes to
running a business,

so the idea that he and
my stepmom were gonna

somehow make this happen
was a little ridiculous.

- Right, they're
doomed from the start.

- Absolutely.

- Yeah, it sounds amazing.

- Yeah, I love it.

I go up there all the time just

to like unplug and relax and,

I mean, do some maintenance,

make sure no animals
got in or anything.

- You should come
with me sometime.

You'd love it.

- Yeah, I'd love to.

Thanks, yeah.

- Sure.

- Are you folks just about
ready to order your entree?

- We haven't even
looked at the menu.

Can we get like
two more minutes?

- No, that's fine.

Take your time.

I'll be back.

- Thank you.

- Thanks.

- So what about you?

Your parents, they have any
wacky retirement schemes?

- No, no schemes.

My dad passed away
about 10 years ago,

and my mom, she relocated
down to Virginia,

so she's down in Virginia now,

and, yeah, I mean,
we're not that close.

I talk to her maybe
once a month or so,

and I see her about once a year,

sometimes not even,

I mean, once every
few years, so.

Did he shower you
with a lot of gifts

and stuff like that?

- There wasn't a lot of
showering with gifts.

Let's leave it at that.

- How long did you
guys go out for?

- God, I don't
know, a couple months.

- And why did it end?

- He started drinking a lot.

He was just not that much
fun to be with anymore.

- So if there was one thing

that you could change about me,

what would it be?

- I don't know.

I don't really know you.

- I know, but, you know,

we've spent some time together,

and just based on
what you do know.

- Confidence is always
attractive and...

- You don't feel I'm
confident enough?

- I didn't say you're
not confident enough.

I'm just saying maybe you
could loosen up a little bit.

You want some help,

a little?

- Hey, Chris?

- Yeah?

- Would you mind
doing me a favor?

I got to keep my eye
on this sample here.

Would you mind going downstairs

and seeing if Tom
finished the first run,

and if he did,

if he can go ahead and
start the second run?

- Okay, so go see Tom,

see if he finished
the first run.

If he did, start the second one.

- Please, yeah.

- Okay, no problem.

- I appreciate that.

- Yep.

- There was something in there,

but I fucked up,

so I said, whatever,
it doesn't matter,

so I keep on going,

and then the voice
gets a little louder,

and it's like, no.

Excuse me.

Seriously, you should stop.

There's something in here.

We can't.

I don't know what it is.

- Hello?

Yes, this is she.

Who is this?

- The government
accountability office

that the U.S. Border
Patrol has achieved

operational control of 44%
of the southern border.

Their mission is hindered
by difficult terrain.

- Integral proteins, all
or part of which span

or penetrate the
phospholipid proteins

of the bilayer and the,

what's the other one?

- Danielle, there's
someone here to see you.

- Who?

- She said her name is Marsha.

- Marsha?


Hi, can I help you?

- Are you Danielle?

- Yeah.

Who are you?

- I'm Chris' wife.

I'm just here to ask
you to stop seeing him.

- If you want
to talk about this in...

- Okay?

- Do you know what happened
to that CCBM batch?

- I don't.

Maybe Tom knows.

- I asked Tom.

He didn't know.

- Well, maybe ask Janine.

I don't know.

I haven't seen it.

- I saw them a little while ago,

and now they're gone.

I can't find a slip
for it anywhere.

I don't know if Janine took it

or Ken took it or who took it.

Is everything alright?

- I'm just feeling kind of,

I'm feeling kind of out of it,

just not myself, I guess.

- Listen.

Why don't we take a break?

- I have a lot of work I have

to get done before I get
out of here today, so I...

- Just step outside
for a few minutes.

You'll feel a lot better.

Trust me.

You'll get a lot more color.

You'll get a lot more energy.

- Okay.

- Okay?

Just step back.

- I'm just
overwhelmed with deadlines and...

- Well, yeah, of course.

It can be really stressful,

especially when all
these deadlines overlap.

- You're right.

You're right.

- And I know it may
sound a little hokey,

but it really is very easy
to just lose perspective,

and just get consumed
with what's immediately

in front of you.

- I know.

It's so true.

- And you drift away
from the big picture.

- Yeah, it's so true.

- You're an incredibly
ambitious person,

and I think if you're ambitious

and you're persistent

and you genuinely learn
from your mistakes,

and I think you do,

then good things are gonna
happen to you, you know?

You just have to stay with it.

I really believe that.

- Thanks, Paul.

You're sweet.

I feel better, a little bit,

- Do you?

- I still think
I'm gonna go home,

call it a day,

take a hot bath,

and go to sleep.

- Okay.

I mean everything
that I just said.

- Thank you.

I'm still waiting to
hear back from my sister,

but I might have to go down

and run an errand for
her not far from you.

I could check up on you

and see how you're doing.

- That's nice,

but you don't have to do that.

I think I'm okay.

- Okay.

- Well, all of these are
good for stress and tension.

It's really a matter of
personal taste actually.

- Yeah.

- Does your girlfriend
like fennel or licorice?

- She does, yeah.

- Well, this one is
one of my best sellers.

Smell that one.

- Wow, that's really good.

- It's good, isn't it?


- That's ginger and fennel?

It's really nice.

That's really nice.

Okay, I'll go with this one.

- You'll go with this one?

- I like this one, yeah.

- Okay, would you like me
to gift wrap it for you?

- Yeah, in one of these boxes?

- Certainly.

- That'd be wonderful.

- I keep that in the back.

I'll go and take
care of it for you.

- Okay, thanks a lot.

- You're welcome.

- It's like...

- It is good.


- Fennel.

- Yeah, and ginger.

Yeah, it's really good.

- Thank you.

- Of course.

Put it to good use.

- I'm exhausted,

so I think I'm just
gonna get to bed,

and I'll see you tomorrow.

- Sure.

- Okay.

- Do you want to talk
about what happened

at the office today?

- I don't.

I really don't.

I just want to pretend
that today never happened

and go to bed.

- Come on.

Let me make you a cup of tea.

- Paul, I want to be alone.

I want to be in bed

and have this day end, okay?

Do you understand?

I will see you tomorrow at work.

- Why are you getting so angry?

- Because I want
to be by myself.

Do you understand?

- Something happened
at work today.

I try to be helpful.

I try to be compassionate.

I bought you some tea.

I came all the way over
here to give it to you.

I'm trying to be here for you.

- I don't need you
to be here for me.

I didn't ask you
to be here for me.

Okay, that's not where we are.

- What is that supposed to mean?

- We had one weekend months
and months ago, okay?

It was nothing.

It was meaningless.

We work together.

I'm nice to you.

I'm courteous, but
that's all we had.

I wish it didn't even happen

so I wouldn't have to
deal with this bullshit.

Do you understand?

Is it in your head?

- Yeah, I understand.

- Fuck.

- I understand that you think

you know everything there
is to know about me.

- What?

- I understand that you think
you have me all figured out

in a nice, neat little box.

- My god.

- And because of
that one weekend,

you're holding on to
these assumptions about me

without giving me
a fucking chance.

- We are not together.

We will never be together, okay?

You are fucking needy,

and you're scared,

and you're a fucking coward,

and you just need
to grow the fuck up.


- She has insurance?

- Mmhm, yeah.

She's covered by her job.

- Good.

- Yeah, and I guess if
you're gonna get sick,

this is the place
to do it, right?

Best hospitals in the country.

- That's what they say, yep.

How are you doing?

- Me, I'm okay.

I mean, it's just frustrating

because doctor said they
had it all under control,

and then it just sort of
pops up out of nowhere.

- Well, we'll be
sorry to lose you,

but you need to be home.

- Yep.

- If there's anything you need,

please let me know,

and when you're
ready to come back,

we'll have your
room ready for you.

- Chris, listen.

I am so sorry to hear
the news about your wife.

- Thanks, Tom.

- I wish you all the best.

- Appreciate it.

- Take care.

- You too.

- Nothing's missing in here.

We checked in the bathroom.

There's no razors
or toothbrushes

like there's another guy
that's either staying here

or might stay over
once in a while.

It's got to be like
an ex-boyfriend.

I'd put money on it.

- Definitely tried to clean up.

Looks like there's
detergent in the tub.

There's a vacuum cleaner
with no bag in it,

so, I mean, he's pretty slick.

Patrol's out going door to door,

see if the neighbors know
who her boyfriends are.

- I know many of
you are wondering

why I've called you here today,

and unfortunately I have
some very difficult news

I need to share with you.

Yesterday afternoon, Danielle
Jenkins was found dead

in her apartment.

- My god.

- I know this is a great
shock and a terrible loss

for all of us.

Detectives Ford and
Timmons are here

to speak with us individually

over the course of the day

to see if we have any
information that could help them

in their investigation.

I know you'll all cooperate

and do whatever you can to
help facilitate their process.

- I mean, they worked together

in the tissue culture room.

It just seemed like a normal
lab relationship to me.

Nothing seemed terribly
unusual or out of the ordinary.

- Apparently the other day,

Marsha Burke came in
and spoke to Danielle,

and shortly thereafter
Danielle went home sick.

Have you heard
anything about this,

or did you observe
anything like that?

- Well, I didn't
know of any visit

that she had that day,

but I did know that
she felt nauseous.

She told me that she
was feeling just weak

and that she couldn't
continue working,

and she asked me
if she could take

the rest of the day off.

Ken wasn't there that day,

and I often assume
the responsibilities,

the managerial
responsibilities of the lab

when he's not there,

so she asked me if
she can go home early,

and she did.

- What did Marsha say was said

on the phone call?

- That I was messing around

with a coworker named Danielle.

- And you don't know where this
phone call originated from.

All you know is
that it was a male.

No idea who made the call?

- I have no idea.

- Okay.

- The number was unknown.

- Okay.

- When you go out on
this date with Danielle,

do you see anybody
that you either knew

or recognized in the bar,

on the way to the bar,

when you're outside the bar?

- No.

- How about Danielle?

- Kids, if you stay
with them, you'll get caught

in the crossfire.

Get out.

- Well, aren't you
gonna do what he said?

- I don't know.

- Hey, buddy, how are you?

- Good.

How are you?

- I'm okay.

What are you up to?

- Just watching TV.

- Yeah, well,
where's your mother?

- I think she's in the shower.

- The shower, okay.

- Want to come in?

- Yeah.

Okay, I'll be right back.


- Paul?

- Hey.

- Hey.

- How's it going?

I was nearby.

I thought I'd stop
by and see you guys,

so what are you guys up to?

- We're just gonna get some
takeout, watch some TV.

Do you want to join us?


- Yeah, I'd love to,

so what are you guys thinking?

- We're open.

I don't know,

whatever you and Sean want.

Sean knows where the menus are,

so just choose
whatever you want.

- Linda?

- Yeah?

- I'll wait with Sean
in the living room.

We can order together.

- Okay.

- In case you've forgotten,

I don't need to ask
in the first place.

I'll do what I want with you,

and it'll all be in the
line of duty to boot.

You don't even
appear to mind it.

I'm definitely
going to enjoy this.

- This person on a
bike goes by 10 seconds

after the phone call terminates.

You can see in the
next photograph.

- That's this one here, yeah.

- This is him leaving.

- There's no other real
foot traffic on the footage?

- No, not on that camera.

- Well, I mean,
it's the best thing

we got to go on right now.

- Yeah, I talked to
the phone company.

It gets tons of traffic.

- Hey, Paul.

Those detectives that
were here the other day,

they're downstairs.

They want to talk to you.

- Okay.

They're downstairs right now?

- Yeah, they're in
the conference room.

I'll tell them
you'll be right down.

- Sure.

Did they say what it was about?

- No, they just came in.

They asked me if anybody
here rode a bike,

and then I told them
you did sometimes,

so they said they had
some questions for you.

- Okay.

- Excuse me, Janine?

Did you have any
luck finding Paul?

- He didn't come down yet?

- No.

- Excuse me.

Have you seen Paul
Harris around?

- Paul?


- Alright, thanks.


- No, he's not here.

- Nothing back there.

- He's a white male,

approximately 6'1", 175 pounds.

We don't believe
he's in a vehicle.

He's either on foot
or riding a bicycle.

Yep, yeah, he's wanted for
questioning in a homicide.

We don't know if he's armed.

Put it out just that
he could be armed

just to protect everybody.

- Hey, Kathy?

- Yeah, hi.

- How's it going?

- You know, just the
same old, same old.

I'm just at work.

What's going on with you

- Listen, I know this
is gonna sound kind of crazy,

but remember you mentioned
that bed and breakfast

that your dad has
down in Connecticut,

that big, empty house?

- Yeah, yeah, I do.

- Yeah, I was thinking maybe

we can down there this weekend,

maybe even leave in a few
hours, go down tonight.

- Tonight?

- I thought it'd be fun.

We can go like on a
kind of a spontaneous,

fun, impulsive,

just go on a whim.

Let's just do it.

- Well, that's really
short notice, Paul.

I've got a lot
going on right now.

I've got so much work
I have to catch up on,

and my super was gonna stop by

and take a look at this leak,

and I was gonna see if
my cousin was around.

I haven't seen her...

- Yeah, I know, but I was
looking at the weather report.

It looks like it's gonna
be really good weather,

and I think if we actually
leave later on today,

we could beat the rush hour,

get a extra half day out of it,

and it could be a lot of fun.

Let's just do it.

Let's just go on
impulse and do it.

I can pay you double,

you know, whatever.

It doesn't matter.

- There was actually
a fire in the 1920s.

It destroyed most of the
east wing of the house.

It's amazing.

Looks pretty good,
though, right?

Let me show you the bedrooms.

You know what we should do?

We should grab a bottle of wine,

and we should go down to
the lake and take a swim.

What do you say?


- Right now?

- Yeah, you up for it?

- How far is the lake?

- It's not far.

It's right over there.

Come on.

I promise you will love it.


- Maybe, yeah.

- Paul, is something wrong?

You've been kind
of funny all night.

- I'm glad you agreed
to come out here.

- Yeah, me too.

- I'm sorry I
let it come to this.

- I can't hear you.

You're sorry what?

- I'm so sorry I
let it come to this.

- Paul.

Hold on.

Paul, are you okay?

What's the matter?


Are you in pain?




Paul, where are you going?


- Everything's here?

- That's everything.

- Hello?


Anybody home?












- Hello?



Paul, talk to me.

Where are you?


- I'm in Maine.

I'm in the house
on Drumlin Road.

I'm in the basement.

- What are you doing there?

Paul, did you do what
they say you did?

- What do they say?

- They said that
you murdered her.

- A few weeks ago, I think
I saw mom on the subway.

She was right on the other
side of the platform,

just waiting for her train

with a bag of
groceries in her hand.

Then I tried to call after her,

but her train came,

and she didn't hear me,

and a few weeks before that,
I was watching the local news,

and I think I saw her walk by

in the background right
behind the reporter,

just walk right past the screen.

- Paul.

She made a choice,

and she made a choice to leave

and to start a whole new
life for whatever reason.

I mean, she's gone to
Virginia all those years ago,

and we have to accept it.

- Mom,

Mom isn't in Virginia, okay?

She's dead.

She hung herself
in the basement.

She hung herself 10 feet
from where I am right now,

and I saw it,

and dad made me promise
not to tell you,

and there's so many times
that I wanted to tell you,

and I couldn't,

and I wish I did

because I can't stop thinking

about what I saw that day,

you know?

And then I see
Mom on the street,

and then it makes me think
about the basement again,

and then I forget,

and then it comes back,

and then I forget,

and then it comes back,

and I don't know how to
get this out of my head,

and it's only gonna get worse.

You know, I'm gonna be in a cell

for the rest of my life

with nothing but these
memories, you know?

It's gonna get worse.

- Paul.

I want you to go up those stairs

and get out of that basement.


I want you to just go
outside and just wait,

and I'm just gonna get someone

to come out to you, alright?


Paul, just tell me
you're listening to me.


Paul, talk to me.


Paul, fucking talk to me.

Paul, talk to me.

Pick up the phone.

Will you pick up
the fucking phone?



Paul, will you please
pick up the phone?

Paul, it's me.

Just talk to me.

Please, I'm begging you.

Just pick up the phone.

Paul, it's me.

Just talk to me.

I'm here.

Paul, talk to me.

Paul, please.

- I never wanted
to hurt anybody.

- I know you didn't, Paul.

- I never wanted
to hurt her, Linda, okay?

I didn't want to hurt her.

- I just want you to get
out of that basement.

- And I'm sorry.

- I know.

- I'm so sorry.

I just want you to go up
the stairs, and just wait,

and I'm gonna call
for some help, okay?


- Okay.