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As a means to distract herself from an affair, a love-addicted woman befriends a cleaning lady, badly scarred by burns. She soon learns, these scars run much deeper than the surface.

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I've had the same dream
three nights in a row.

What is it?

It's night.

I'm swimming on my back
at the bottom of this cave.

The water's warm, and I'm
staring up at all these stars.

And then they just blink out.

And, suddenly,
the water gets very cold,

and I realize
there's this ceiling,

like, right on top of me.

And there's a door
in the middle,

and I reach for it, but
the water is like cement now,

and it keeps pulling me down,
and I just can't get to it.

And I start panicking,
and I can't breathe.

I start gasping for air.

Then I wake up.

What do you think
that's all about?

I don't know.

Come here.

I know this is hard for you.

I know it is.

This is hard for me, too.

That's it. We're going away.
We're going to Europe.

I'm taking you to Italy.

What about... Barcelona?

Barcelona? No.
They have the...

- Oh, the lisp. Is that it?
- The lisp.

You've got a thing
with this lisp.

I don't.
No, they have a thing.

They lisp when they say

The lisp is

- Okay.
- No, we're going to Italy,

a week apiece in Rome and Venice

and a third week
on the Amalfi Coast.

That's three weeks, huh?

That's three weeks.


I think I'm gonna need
a really big suitcase.


We'll get you
a really big suitcase.

What do you think?

I think I've heard this before.


We're going, okay?

Come here.

I got to get going.

I got to shower.

Hi, Mei Ling.
This is Alice from 508.

You said that someone
was gonna be by the other day

to fix my bathtub,
and they never showed,

so if you could please
send someone A.S.A.P.,

that would really be amazing.

Oh, and I would prefer that they
don't enter unless I'm here.

Thank you.

I kept calling,
but he never answered

'cause nobody likes to talk
on the phone anymore.

I did see a guy last week,

but he had something
stuck in his teeth

when he picked me up
from the bus stop.

And, oh, my God,
his place was so barren.

Like my dad's
growing up in Waco.

You know... where the cult was.

Anyway, my sponsor
says that I'm isolating

and that I need to date,
and I want to,

but I am just so afraid of being
monkey-fucked again, you know?

- It's just...
- Okay.

- Thank you.
- I'm not even horny.

It's just,
I can't stop touching myself.

It's become
some sort of an OCD thing.

Thank you, Laurel.

We need to move on
to the next share.

Who wants to go next?

Go ahead.

I'm Alice, love addict.

Hi, Alice.

So, I'm still seeing
the married man.

I'm just really in love
with him.

And I know he loves me.

But I also know he'll probably
never leave his wife.

And my sponsor's always
telling me that I deserve more,

that I deserve to be put first

and not just this thing
on the side

just feeding off crumbs,
and... and she's right.

I need to grow up.

And saying this stuff out loud
in front of you guys

really helps give me
the strength to leave,

so thank you for listening.

Thank you.

Who would like to go next?

"I can't stop touching myself.
It's an OCD thing."

Who talks like that?

Ugh, she's gonna scare away
all the newcomers

and make them think
we're a bunch of pervs.

She's probably fucking homeless.

- Oh, let me have a drag.
- Do you want one?

No, no, no. I quit.
Just a drag.


Okay, so, no contact.

Alice, you have
to do it this time.

I know.

You know, when Michael and I
used to make love,

I used to feel so amazing.

Now it just feels like
I'm some stripper whore.

"Stripper, whore,"
or like a whore that strips?

- I don't know. Both.
- Ugh.

Speaking of strippers,
if I don't lose this baby fat,

my husband's gonna leave me
for one.

Oh, come on.
You look great.

I'll have to get a job,

go back to Wells Fargo.

No, thank you.

You know, you can always
come to Pilates with me.

Fuck that.
I'll just get lipo.


That's an option.

Alice, you are
such a beautiful person.

You deserve to be happy.
Come on.

No guy gets to ruin your life.

Unless he's a billionaire.
Then screw it.

Have a heyday at Chanel.

Be fun.

- You got this.
- Okay.

And you know I'm here for you.

I know.

- Okay, no contact.
- No contact.

Starting when?

Starting now.

Good girl.


Um... can I help you?

Your hair.

It clogged the drain in the tub.


Right, you're here for the...

I'm sorry.

Uh, so... so it's fixed, then?


Um, well,
thank you for doing that.

Um, what is your name?

- Shelly.
- Hi, Shelly.

My name is Alice.

You know, I think...

Yeah, I think I've seen you
in the building.

You were vacuuming the hallway
the other day.

There's something else.

Oh, my God.

Mousehole back there.

I closed it.

I have rats?
In this apartment?

I've... I've never s...
I've never seen any anywhere.

I mean, I...

Wow. Okay.

- Thank you so much.
- Mm-hmm.

All right.
You know, actually,

if we could just throw that
outside in the garbage chute.

- Mm.
- Thank you.

Appreciate it.

You know, Shelly?

Do you do any housecleaning,
by any chance?

- Owner won't allow it.
- Right. Mei Ling.

I know.
She's an interesting one.

Um, well, if you're open to it,
I can pay you cash.

I work out of this apartment,

and I've got clients
that come in and out every day,

and this place
just gets really dirty.

I was thinking $100 each time?

I won't say anything
to management.


- Cash?
- Yeah.


Okay. Great.

How about Tuesdays and Fridays
around 5:00?

If that works for you?

Okay. Perfect.

Thank you.


But I am telling you, Tokyo is

the most magically surreal place
if ever there was!

Herb and I went to an owl café.

We ate raw fish.

We drank gallons of "saa-ke."

And then we walked along
these cherry-tree-lined streets.

That sounds very romantic.

You'd think, but those trees

made me crave pie,
like, all day.

Alice, this mask smells
like chocolate cake batter.

I swear, I'm going to a bakery
right after this.

Do you want a piece
of chocolate?

- Yes, please.
- Okay.

Here you go.


Now just keep your eyes closed.

Thank you.

There's a nut in the center.

Did I just get that in your eye?

- Uh, yeah, you did.
- Oh, okay.

All right. Let's get you to
a sink. We'll wash it right out.

- Oh.
- It's okay. I got you.

It doesn't burn, does it?

Oh, no.
I'm fine.

After cataract surgery,
these things are numb.

They say it's easy.

It's not.

- Jesus Christ!
- Oh! Oh.

Hi, Shelly.

It's Tuesday.

Um, this is Shelly.

She's doing some housecleaning
for me.

Oh. Okay.

Um, well, I'm gonna be off.

Okay. I'll see you next week
for your needling.

And, remember, no salicylic acid
or glycolic

three days before you come in.

And we'll also get you
that cleanser.

I'm so sorry.
I didn't hear you come in.

We had the water running,
so it probably just...

Well, it looks like
you're all prepared.

Why don't you come in here?

And if you don't mind
starting in the kitchen,

maybe mop around here
a bit on the floor.

It got a little dirty.
I'm gonna take a bath.

Oh, and, Shelly,
if you get thirsty,

I've got bottles of water
in the fridge.

Thank you.




You're busy today.

Yeah. I am.


'Cause I need to see you.

I need to see my girl.

Well, you can't.

Why not?

You know already.


Is this
the no-contact thing again?

Mm, it was.

Well, that's okay,
'cause in first class,

I can just have them
switch out the seats,

and we can have someone
sit between us...

'cause we are going to Italy.

Michael, come on. How are you
gonna hide that from her?

It's a work trip
as far as she's concerned.

It doesn't even matter 'cause
I already booked the tickets.

We're going, Alice.

- You got them?
- I did.

I booked them... Venice, Rome,
and the Amalfi Coast.

I'm taking you...
front-row seats,

the opera at the Colosseum
at sunset.

Seriously, I'm going crazy
not hearing from you.

Yeah. Mm.

I'm leaving the office
in about an hour, okay?

I'm coming over.


Just say it.
Just say it.

Say "okay."

Come on.
It's two letters.

- You can do it.
- Okay, okay.




- Hey, what's up?
- Hey.

- Um, can you talk for a second?
- Hold on, hold on, hold on.

Geisha! No! No!

Eat the apple like your sister
right now!

What's going on?
Are you okay?

I'm slipping.

You talked to him.

He's coming over.

All right.
You got weak. That's normal.

Text him right now to not come
over and turn off your phone.

Yeah, but I know him.

He's still gonna come here.

Get out of the house, Alice.

Go see that comedy
with what's-her-face.

It's just, if I'm alone,
I know I'm gonna see him.

Um, maybe you want to go get
a coffee or something?

Oh, honey, you know I would.
I can't.

I got the kids here.
Joe's flight gets in soon.

Can you call Kim or Jess?

Oh, Kim's with that new guy,
and Jess is with Cody.

Jade, stop that!

- Honey, listen.
- Mm.

- Mm-hmm?
- Contrary action.

- Right.
- Contrary action.

Do something you normally

- wouldn't do.
- Wouldn't do, right.


For God's sakes.
Alice, I got to go.

I got to go, honey.
Just stay strong

and remember to breathe.

You're gonna get through this,

- Okay. Thank you.
- Okay. Okay.

- All right, love you.
- Love you. Bye.


The place looks beautiful.


- Um, it really looks lovely.
- Hm.

So, um, I know
that this is super-last-minute,

so I don't want you to feel
any obligation at all,

but I was wondering if you would
like to stay for dinner.

I was gonna make halibut.

You hated that, huh?


And now the best part
of any meal... Turkish coffee.

It's probably gonna keep you
up late, but it's so worth it.

There you go.

So, do you live around here?



Just to the east.

Oh, so, like, Wilmont
or more in the Meadow Lake area?



You drive all the way
out here every day?

I don't like to spend
the gas money,

so I take the bus.


That makes sense.

I got burned.

Everyone stares.

I'm sorry.
I-I didn't mean...

We don't have to talk about it.

It was an accident...

a long time ago.

It's just my face.

And a little here.

Everything else is normal.

Thank you for sharing.

I know how hard it is
to open up about things.


Come on.

Hi. You've reached
Facials by Alice.


Avoiding this guy.
It's complicated.

He's why I smoke.

I'm sorry.
Is this bothering you?

- It's very bad.
- I know, I know.

I'm quitting.
This is my last pack.

I've, um...

I've been seeing this man
for quite a while,

but I'm ending it.


Well, um, he's, um...

...married, so...

You're married?

No. No.

Um, he has a wife...

...but he also sees me.

That's not right.

No, it's not.

I didn't know he was married
the first few months,

but then... I fell hard for him,

and it's an impossible situation

that I wouldn't wish
on an enemy.


But I am ending it.

That's good.


Do you want to watch
something on TV?


You're leaving?


Are the buses still running?

I can just stay downstairs.

Oh, you have a room here?


So, where will you stay?

Just on the bottom floor.

In the garage?


Shelly, that's absurd.

Let me get my keys.
I'll take you home.

You know, thanks for staying
for dinner tonight, Shelly.

It really helped me
get my mind off of things.

And it's always nice
to make a new friend.

You look like Barbie.

Thank you.

It's just a bunch of makeup,

It's kind of my thing.

Do you ever wear any makeup?

I don't know how.

Tell you what.
How about on Friday

when you're done cleaning,

why don't I show you
how to put some on?

Would you like that?

Stop here.

- I'm sorry?
- Stop the car.

Is everything okay?

I can walk from here now.

Are you sure?

Um, okay.


Get home safe, okay?



Or I'll feed it to you.

Push into that leg.

Good. Yes.

Inhale. Back.

Chest reaches high, high.

Keep it going.

Keep breathing,

opening that chest,
opening that chest.

Facials by Alice.

I'm calling from home.

I needed to hear your voice.

- Michael...
- It's been over a week, Ali.

I-I cannot handle you
ignoring me. I...

What kind of program tells you
to just cut people off?

It's because I stay in
the disease if we have contact.

The disease?!
That's pretty...

I love you.
I love you.

I don't love my wife.
We sleep in separate rooms.

I don't even fucking speak
to her. I stay for Tyler.

Yeah, you're just
repeating yourself.

Because you don't hear me.

Three years, okay?

Then he's in college,
and that's it.

I'm not a homewrecker, Michael.

I'm just... I'm not gonna
tear apart a family.

We were already torn apart.

You have nothing
to do with that.

Well, I don't want to see you.

I don't want to talk.
I just need time alone.

This isn't just about you.

I have a lot to lose here.

It's taken me 15 fucking years
to get to where I am,

and I'm gonna lose half.

So it's all about money?

This isn't just about money.

This is about my son.
This is about Tyler.

He's gonna lose a father.

Do you have any idea what that
could do to him? 'Cause I do.

My father was a philandering
prick. He left us.

You have no idea how much pain
that put me through.

No, no. Alice,
are you really that shallow?

Will you please just stop?

I just need to focus on myself.

Alice, I love you,

but you're being
fucking selfish.

Well, guess what.

It's about time
I'm fucking selfish.

- I got to go. Bye.
- Alice? Fucking... Alice?


Why are these here?

Oh. I know.
I know.

I broke my promise.

Um, just throw them out.

Yeah. Go ahead.
I'm done with those.

- You need to.
- Hmm?

- You need to throw them out.
- I do?

For yourself.


I've got to be strong
and do it myself.

Agreed. You know, I've wanted
to do this for two weeks,

so thank you.


There we go.

That's good.

Now you can be perfect.

Pretty far from.

The place looks great.

As usual.

Oh, the makeup. Did you want me
to show you how to put some on?

- Okay.
- Okay.

Come on.

Well, this helps a lot
because most women

actually have skin problems.

So if you just mix
the yellow and green

with the color
of your foundation,

and it just tones down the red.

You should have seen me
with this stuff in high school.

Do you remember Bozo the Clown?


Well, that's pretty much
what I looked like

before my mother finally showed
me how to use it properly.

Do you have any makeup
of your own?


Well, I'll tell you what.

I have tons of it,
so before you leave,

why don't I give you this brush
and this palette

and some lip moisturizer?

I'll make you up
a whole nice bag.

I like your earrings.

Oh, thank you.

They were my grandmother's.

She was my favorite.

Have a look.

Looks nice.

And, you know, with a nice
dress... Do you have a dress?

Do you ever wear
anything like that?

- Mnh-mnh.
- You know, I got this new one.

Let me just check really quick.
I think I still have it.

Let me just get this
tucked in right here.

There you go.

You look lovely.

I look like you.

You look very nice.

Let me give you my impression.

Doesn't it feel wonderful?

What in the world?

That's the latest fashion.

I-I just can't...

I don't blame you.

Let me give you my impression.

Damn it. Shit!


That's enough.

But I'm still hungry.

I know, sweetie, but you
can't have too much salt.

It gives you that puffy look.

Now come on.
Go get your dress on.

Can I finish the show?

There's no time, Shell.
Let's go. Chop-chop.

Oh, put on the pretty one
with the ruffles.

Oh, wait. No, no, no.
The one with the flowers.

What a pretty little thing
you are.

You know, when you grow up,

you're gonna be
very, very beautiful.

You're gonna meet a nice man,

a good man.

Someone who's loyal
and respects his vows.

Not like your daddy.

I don't like doing this, Mom.

I know.

But sometimes,

we all have to do things
we don't want to do, hmm?

I don't want to do it.


Come here.

Oh, it's okay.

Oh, my little angel.

Mommy loves you so much.

Okay. Almost done.

Mom, please.

Look at me.

Look at me!

You watch that back talk,
or I will cut that tongue out.

I'm sorry, sweetheart.
I scared you.

I'm sorry.

I love you.




Oh, I see the car.
All right.

Scoot, scoot.
Get to your room.

Oh, God.

Don the dentist.

How are my teeth?

Very nice, very nice.

Oh, are those new loafers?

$500 gets me an hour, right?

Yes, sir.

Oh, would you like to try

one of my freshly baked
vanilla cupcakes

- with a little bubblegum twist?
- No, I don't want that.

Oh, probably terrible
for the pearly whites

is what you're thinking.

All right.
Let's get started.

All right.
Here we are.

Shell, you remember Don.

Okay, well, I've got
to go tidy up that kitchen.

I'll knock on the door at 7:30.

I love you.

Hey, Renda, it's Alice.

I'm really sorry to call
last minute and cancel,

but I'm just... I'm really
feeling under the weather,

so if you just want
to call me back,

then we can schedule a new time.

All right. Thank you.


- Shelly. Hi.
- Mm.

Do you want to watch
something on TV?

Oh, um...

You know, honestly,
I have a throbbing headache.

I'm really not feeling
very good.

I can make you tea.

That's very sweet of you,

but I have a client coming over
later this afternoon, so I...

you know, I-I should...
I should sleep.

Tea will make you feel better
for this afternoon.

Um, I really would hate
to trouble you.

I know you have stuff
that you're doing, and...

Mm. I don't mind.

Mm, that's really sweet.

Um, but I think I'm just...

not feeling up
for company, you know?

Tea will make you feel better.

Mmm. It's good.

Thank you, Shelly.

You should eat.

Oh, I...

Um, I don't want to eat.

Thank you.

Why does he keep calling you?

I don't know.

You should tell him to stop.

Mm, yeah,
I have told him to stop,

but I guess he just
doesn't want to stop.


I don't know.

Um, you know, Shelly,

I think I'm just gonna take
a nap right now.

I've got the client
coming over later, so...

And this tea is helping.

It's very good, so thank you.

So, I'm just gonna go
to sleep right now, okay?


And exhale.


Open that chest and inhale.


Across those hips.


Guess I'm officially
your stalker now.

- Hi.
- You're alive.

Yeah, I'm sorry I wasn't
at the meeting earlier today.

The moment you have kids,

you start worrying
about everyone.

I know, I know.
I should have texted.

I've just... I've had a
million things I've been doing,

and I've had, like, three
facials, and I had a bunch...

You're seeing him
again, aren't you?


Yeah, I slipped.

I just slipped.
You know?

All right, all right.
You got to get to a meeting.

I know. I just... I don't want
to go. They don't work.

I don't understand
how I'm not supposed to see

or talk to the man that I love.

I don't get it.
I can't do it.

Alice, why do you think
you keep having that dream?

That's your subconscious
trying to tell you something...

that you need
to get out of this.

Yeah, well, I love him, okay?
It's not that...

Well, that's
your disease talking.

Well, you know,
life's not perfect, okay?

And I know the situation
isn't perfect,

but I'm... I don't know.

You know, you can lead
a horse to water...

What is that supposed to mean?

I'm done trying to get you

to see that you deserve
more than this loser.

Stay with the married man.
End up 45 and alone.

It's your life.

Yeah. Okay, great.

Thanks for your understanding.

No problem!
Any time!


I'm sorry.

I can be a real judgmental bitch

It has nothing to do with you.

- I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
- I know. It's okay.

It's all right.
I-I just...

You know, I know you don't
want me to get hurt, so...

No, I don't, and I've
been your sponsor for years.

You're more like a sister to me.

You should hear the crap
I say to her.

Yeah, in fact, I've heard.

I know
what you're going through.

It's totally insane.
I've been there.

Call me for anything.
I'm still your sponsor, okay?

I love you.

I know. Okay.

- I love you, too.
- All right.

Don't forget to breathe.




So, uh, Dad?

- Mm?
- I was thinking.

You want to go check out
some trucks this weekend?


I thought you were taking
the hatchback.

Yeah, if Dad
ever gets the brakes fixed.

Oh, come on.
They're not that bad.

Dad, they're brutal.

I'm not driving that.

It's a car.

It sounds like a mule.

You press the brakes
even a little,

and it's like nails
to a chalkboard.

- And how would you know?
- Uh...

just when Dad drives.

Are you taking him driving?

Absolutely not.

You guys.

So, I was thinking of turning
the study into a yoga studio.

I'd love that.

Maybe we could go
to the paint store tonight,

- look at swatches?
- Mm, sounds like fun, but, uh,

I have to go back to the office.

The Levy case?


I thought that was over.

Yeah, we all did.

They reopened it, and, uh,
I have to do all the paperwork.


$20, $40, $60, $80, $100.

$20, $40, $60, $80, $200.

$20, $40, $60, $80, $300.
$20, $40, $60, $80, $400.

For an extra $100, I'll throw
you another half-hour.

We'll see.

All right.
I'll check on you two later.


Aah! Jesus! Man!

- What the hell's going on here?!
- Aah! Aah!

This goddamn little whore just
about bit my fucking finger off!


I ain't paying for this shit.



You need to end this.

Right here.



No! No! No!


You have to.

For yourself.

This is hydrofluoric acid.

It can cause
just as much damage as this.

Maybe more.

He'll suffer for hours.

You shouldn't let that happen.

Do it.

Do it.

You're perfect now.

But, I mean, you're not
completely positive, right?

Yeah, I'm pretty
goddamn positive.

Well, can you look
through a window

- or something?
- They could be on the top floor.

What? I'm gonna climb
the fucking wall?

Helen, just calm down, okay?

I'm on your side.

Hel, come on. It's not uncommon
after 20 years of marriage.

If I find out who this girl is,
I swear to fucking God.

I know.
Helen, you need to stop this.

This is about you and Michael.

It's not about her.


- I gave up my career for us.
- I know.

And this is
what fucking what I get.

- I know.
- Shit!

What happened?
Are you okay?

He just left.

I got to go.
I'll call you back.


- Where are you now?
- I don't know.

Way out east
in the middle of nowhere.

Where the hell is he going?

I have no idea.

- Shit.
- What? What's wrong?

My tank is so low.

I'm gonna run out of gas.

Helen, you need to stop this.

- Hello?
- Pull over and...

Can you hear me?

You're breaking up.

I'll call you back
when I get a signal, okay?


No, no, no.

God, you got to be kidding me.




I have to go.

But when I get back,
you'll be very comfortable.



Mm, mm.

Mm. Mm.

Come on.
Let's get this on.

Are you gonna make this
difficult every time?

I want to go outside.

Absolutely not.

The doctor said you have
to stay out of the sun.

It is your best chance
for healing.

It doesn't matter.

I'll never look normal.

Hey, any progress is good.

We need to start getting you
clients again,

and nobody's gonna come
see you looking like that.

We'll start bringing in
some money again,

and Mommy won't have
to go back to work

at that cockamamy
fertilizer plant.

I'm not doing that anymore.

Excuse me?

Let me out of this room.

You're gonna stay in this room,
and you're gonna heal.

I don't care
if it takes another six months.

Do you understand me?!

I... hate... you.

What did I tell you about that
mouth?! What did I tell you?!


Is this what you want?

Is this what you want?!
Is it?!

Give it to me.
Give me.

Oh, God.
Oh, God.

Oh, my baby.
Oh, my baby.

Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.

Baby, I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry.
I'm so sorry.

I'm so sorry.
I love you, sweetie.

I'm so sorry.

I love you,
and I'll protect you.

You're my sweet angel.

I love you, my sweetheart.

I love you.
You're the sweetest.

Oh, God. Oh!

Aah! Aah!

Get it out!
Oh, my God.





Help me!

You break down or something?

I ran out of gas.


Looks like the good Lord
pulled a fast one on you.

Guess so.

Look, I can pick you up a tank

and bring it back,
if you'd like.

Really? Thank you.

That would be wonderful.

Hold tight, little lady.

Do you know if there
are many houses around here?

I saw a car make a turn
down the road up ahead.

A few scattered here and there.

Not much, though.

Where you heading?

Oh, I'm just heading out east
to visit my sister.

How much do I owe you?

Oh, no, no, no, no.

Think of it as, uh,
as my good deed.

Thank you.
That's very kind.

Well, it's funny.

I was washing my dog this
morning, and Jesus told me

that I was gonna save
somebody in need.

Didn't tell me
it was gonna be a pretty blonde.

Now then, you pay this forward.

That's the way to Christ.

Be safe, now, you hear?


Oh, my God!

There's a crazy woman
that's trying to kill me.

- Where's my husband?
- I don't know.

My husband's car
is parked out front.

Where's my husband?
Where's Michael, my husband?

Look, there's a crazy woman
that's trying to kill me.

You have to get me out of here,
or she's gonna kill us both.

Can you please help me?
Please. Please.

I think you need a knife.

- Please.
- I can't find it.

You need to get a knife
and cut it.

Please hurry!

Oh, please hurry.
Please hurry.

Come on. You got
to keep cutting. Come on.

Got to keep...

You're her, aren't you?

I'll tell you everything,

but, right now, we just have
to get out of here, okay?



Thank you.

When we get to the car,
you need to tell me...

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