11.22.63 (2016): Season 1, Episode 8 - The Day in Question - full transcript

The past makes every effort to prevent Jake from altering the events of November 22, 1963, and saving the President, with his own life hanging in the balance.

Previously, on "11.22.63"...
I have something to say!
I'll fucking kill you.
On November 12th, I delivered to you a document
of the utmost importance for Agent Hosty.
I remembered everything.
This is dangerous, what I'm going to do.
- What are you gonna do? - I'm going to kill Lee Harvey Oswald.
It might be better if you guys go.
Why did you do this to me?
President's gonna drive right by.
We gotta go.
The past is pushing back.
I'm gonna jumpstart it.
- Look out! - Oh!
Jake, all of Dallas is gonna be closed down.
We just need to get closer.
- Watch it on the right. - Jesus!
Watch it.
Watch out!
No, no, no! This road is not closed.
It's supposed to be clear.
We can't turn around.
- Oh, you gotta be kidding me. - Oh, my God.
All right, come on. We can't stop.
How do you know he's in the building?
'Cause Lee goes to the Texas School Book Depository
with a rifle under his arm.
A guy that works there, named Bonnie Ray, saw him.
He's gonna set up a shooter's nest on the sixth floor.
The first shot goes off at 12:30.
It misses. The next two don't.
Can we get there by 12:30?
Come on. We have to get there by 12:30.
Excuse us.
Stay with me no matter what.
Sorry, sorry. Excuse me.
- Kennedy! - Hey, watch it.
Oh, sorry. Sorry.
Oh, I'm sorry.
- Oh. - Hello, there.
Sadie... Sadie, come on.
You all right?
Oh, Jake.
You all right?
Hey, you all right?
Yeah, yeah, come on. Let's go.
All right, come on. This way.
All right.
Oh, shit.
All right, come on. Dealey Plaza's this way.
- Are you sure? - Yeah.
I've been studying this for three years.
All right. Come on.
Oh, my God!
Stay with me. Run!
Watch out.
- You okay? - Uh-huh.
All right. Come on.
- You folks all right? - We caused this?
No, no, it's the past. It's trying to stop us.
All right, we gotta go.
Just stay back.
Come on.
Wait, wait, Bonnie Ray!
- Wait. Wait, Bon... - How do you know my name?
We just... we need a minute, okay?
Mr. Maynard, uh, is in there.
- We need to get inside. - I don't know you, sir.
Mr. Maynard told me to close the building up at lunch.
No, no, no, no, you're not supposed to close.
You're supposed to stay open today.
That's what's supposed to happen.
Sorry, sir, I need to go.
Look, did Lee Harvey Oswald come to work today?
- Yes, but I don... - Okay, is he in there
- on the sixth floor? - I don't know.
- You do know. - Jake...
You do know... you testified for the Warren Commission.
- You know! - Testified? Let me go.
- I haven't done anything. - Sadie, something's wrong.
- Jake! - Don't hurt me! Don't hurt me!
Shh, shh, shh. Something's wrong.
He's supposed to know about this, okay?
The past is changing things, and anything can happen.
They will know your name.
I'm not gonna hurt you, okay?
I just need you to do what I say.
You need to unlock that door right now.
That's all I need. Okay?
Lee Harvey Oswald is on the sixth floor.
He's gonna try and kill the President.
I need you to get the police and bring them here right now.
Okay? Go on, get the police.
Go. All right.
Let's go. Come on.
Come on.
Oh, no... no. Come on.
This doesn't go the sixth floor.
This way. There'll be stairs on the other side.
What time is it?
- 12:29. - Okay.
This is it.
- It's stuck. - Oh!
Come on.
Lee, stop!
Watch out.
Lancer is safe. I repeat, Lancer is safe.
It came from the Depository!
They got away.
What are you doing here, God damn it?
I need you to stay here, okay?
Please, just stay here.
Don't move. Okay?
put your gun down.
I don't wanna hurt you.
Fuck you!
Fuck you!
I came here to do something!
Something important!
You know what kind of potential I have?
I can do anything that I set my mind to.
I know, Lee.
You don't have to shoot anyone.
You don't have to do this.
You don't know that.
You don't know me.
I'm gonna make my mark on this world.
You don't know me.
Nobody knows me.
Lee, get back! Lee!
- Sadie! - Jake?
Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
Okay, all right, just stay still, okay?
Is the president safe?
So we did it?
Now, listen, you just hold right there,
- and I'm gonna go get some help. - No. No.
Yes, please, let me go get some help.
Don't leave me. Don't leave me.
Can you just hold my hand?
Okay, I'm right here.
Are you holding my hand?
I'm holding your hand.
I'm not gonna go anywhere.
I'm staying right here,
and you stay right here, too, okay?
I told you we could do it.
Sadie, I'm supposed to be with you.
That's why I'm here.
Sadie, that's why I'm here. That's why I came back.
Sadie, please.
I know.
Sadie, please.
- This is the police. - Sadie, please!
We have a body over here.
Put up your hands!
Put up your hands! Put up your hands!
I wanna see your goddamn hands, boy!
Go on, now. Cuff him.
Can you help her?
Help her!
Come on, now.
Goddammit, will you just help her?
- You're going away for a long time, boy. - Long time?
Old Sparky waiting for you.
Can you both please shut up?
It's too bad you banged your head on that door frame, son.
Whoa, whoa, wait! Boys... boys come on now.
Back it up. Back it up.
- Back it way up. - Come on.
There's no room here, boys. Come on, now.
Back it up. Stand back, now.
- Do you know he's the shooter? - Come on, everybody, get back.
Are you a member of the Communist Party?
Did you kill the girl?
Out of the way here. Come on, now, fellas.
Take off your shirt.
Need to check the blood type for evidence.
I'm Captain Fritz.
This is Agent Hosty.
What's your name, son?
You know my name.
Why don't you tell us yourself, just for the record?
Jake Amberson.
You know, these are pretty uncomfortable.
We can put those in front.
Mr. Amberson,
can you explain what you were doing
at the Texas School Book Depository today?
And don't leave out the part about the dead girl
and the dead fella.
Lee Harvey Oswald,
the man whose body you found on the sixth floor,
was attempting to kill President Kennedy.
How'd you know that?
He told me.
Lee lived in the apartment above mine.
Two days ago, I heard him yelling,
"The FBI isn't gonna mess with me.
I'm gonna show them,"
and then he came downstairs.
He hammered on my door,
and he said, "I'm gonna show everyone what I can do.
I'm going to kill the president."
What did you say?
I said, "You're drunk."
I didn't believe he was serious,
and then, when I woke up this morning,
I couldn't get it out of my head.
I knew that Kennedy was in town,
and I had this bad feeling, so...
I went to where I knew Lee worked.
I guess I... I hoped that I could
talk him out of doing something stupid.
Mm, let me see if I got this right.
Your neighbor told you he was gonna kill the President.
You and your girl follow him to work to talk him out of it,
and now he's dead.
I realize it sounds crazy.
It sounds more like horseshit.
Your fingerprints are all over that rifle.
We know that Oswald ordered that rifle
under the name Alek Hidell.
Now, that's your real name, isn't it?
No, and you're not gonna railroad me
into some bullshit confession.
Son, I'm Dallas police.
I don't have to railroad anybody.
Why didn't you stop Oswald?
That was your job.
Excuse us.
- Hosty, this is my jurisdiction. - I'm gonna need the room.
All right.
Is there anything that you'd like to tell me, Mr. Amberson...
Or is it Mr. Epping?
I went there to stop Oswald because he was attempting...
No, no, no, no.
I heard that.
We can speak freely now.
What does that mean?
I want the name of your handler.
Give up the man who put you in play
and I can get you out of the spot you're in.
I don't have a handler. I'm not a spy.
false identity,
two houses in different cities minutes apart,
a partner who you call your brother,
who isn't, who committed suicide
after you put him away under a false name,
a murder in Jodie...
This girl's husband...
Her name was Sadie.
Should I, uh, proceed to the part
where you have no identity at all
prior to 1960?
Should I proceed to the part
where your superior's gonna come in here
and tell you to burn that letter
that Oswald wrote to you two days ago?
And what did it say?
That he was gonna do something to change the world?
The FBI gets crazy letters every day.
No, you're covering your ass
because Kennedy was almost shot in the street
on Hoover's watch,
and you should've known about it.
Or did you know about it,
and you just didn't take it seriously?
Is that what happened?
That's a nice theory.
Try this one on.
Jake Amberson, Lee Harvey Oswald,
and Sadie Dunhill.
Three Russian-sponsored assassins
living in the same Dallas apartment building
are called to action the day
Kennedy's motorcade route is announced.
An FBI sharpshooter stops the attack.
In the ensuing confusion,
two of the Russian spies are killed,
but one remains to stand trial.
That's you,
Mr. Amberson... Epping.
Doesn't even make sense.
Oswald was killed with his own rifle.
Oh, I'm not gonna let a little thing like ballistics
get in the way of the truth.
People love JFK.
The American people need to know
who to blame.
It's an easy conviction.
Talk about blame...
You put me on the stand, I'm gonna talk about Oswald
and the FBI.
I'll give 'em some details
about Hoover's surveillance of JFK
and his mob mistress.
Then we could go on to Marilyn Monroe and Bobby.
I mean, you are spying on Robert Kennedy, right?
You are not making this any easier.
Look at me.
I didn't try to kill the President.
I know. I don't care.
Agent Hosty.
- Sir... - Is that your superior?
Right on time.
Under no circumstance
is that letter to ever see daylight.
You understand?
You burn it.
Are you clear on how you are to proceed?
Yes, sir.
Who are you?
And what do you want?
All I wanted to do
was save Kennedy.
Y'all fall back.
Mr. Amberson has no comment.
this is my jurisdiction.
Not anymore.
You think the feds are gonna tell me
how to direct due process?
- Get the hell out of here! - Captain... sir,
there's a telephone call for Mr. Amberson.
I don't give a good goddamn
about a phone call for Mr. Amberson.
I don't care if it's the President of the United States.
Shut those goddamn blinds.
- Hello? - Hold for the President.
Mr. Amberson,
Jack Kennedy here.
The Secret Service tells me that, uh,
my wife and I, uh, owe you our lives.
Thank you.
You're welcome, sir.
The First Lady would like to speak with you.
All right.
- Mr. Amberson? - Yes, ma'am.
I don't know how to say this,
but I had a feeling that
something terrible could've happened today.
Thanks to you, it didn't.
Yes, ma'am. Thank you, ma'am.
I know that you lost your fiancée.
I'm so sorry.
Thank you.
God bless you.
Lee Harvey Oswald's plans were interrupted by the selfless...
I can see the headlines now.
"Teacher Kills Spy, Saves Kennedy."
American hero has requested to remain anonymous.
In the resulting altercation, Oswald was killed by his own...
Why do you think Oswald wanted to kill JFK?
He loved Castro or he was working for the Russians?
No one will ever know,
I don't think.
How'd you know about the letter?
- Did you burn it? - I'll tell you if you tell me.
Something off about you, Amberson.
You save the President's life and...
You walk into that bus station
and disappear.
- I like privacy. - Mm.
Far be it for me to pull the thread
on the story of a hero.
If I did, the whole thing would unravel.
God knows this country wants a hero.
An American hero
who saved the President's life
and values his privacy.
That's how our story's gonna go.
sorry about your girl.
Chaos reigned in Dallas today when a man aimed and shot
at President Kennedy during a motorcade through Dealey Plaza.
Shots fired!
The assassination attempt was recorded by a local citizen,
who at this time has been unidentified.
The suspected assassin is one Lee Harvey Oswald.
Reporters spoke to his mother, Marguerite Oswald,
at her home in Dallas.
Lee Harvey Oswald, my son,
even after his death,
has done more for his country
than any other living human being.
Mrs. Oswald, was your son a Communist?
Crazy day, huh?
Where y'all headed?
Lisbon, Maine.
Five bucks.
I'll fix this, Sadie.
I'll be right back.
What happened to the fucking diner?
Excuse me. Uh, sorry to bother you,
but what... what year is it?
And... and what happened to Al's Diner?
- It... it used to be right there. - I don't know.
Hey, don't mess with me, you little fucks.
Come on.
Is this where you live?
Does anyone else live here?
Where'd you come from?
Want a drink, Texas?
That your family?
I think you know.
What do you mean?
You came back.
It was you who saved me and my family
in 1960.
You killed my dad.
I remember you.
I knew I'd see you again.
I thought you'd be fucking old.
You an angel?
No. No.
I just... when did... When did everything change?
Just answer me... answer me one thing.
Was John F. Kennedy reelected
in 1964?
What the fuck you want to know about Kennedy for?
I just do.
He was president two times before Wallace.
George Wallace was President?
What... what about Vietnam?
- Was there a Vietnam War? - No.
And Robert Kennedy,
was he... was he killed in 1968?
I don't think so.
Does that mean anything to you?
What did Kennedy do when he was president?
Anything good?
Oh, you talking about the camps?
The camps?
I took my mama and my brother and sister
to a Kennedy refugee camp
back in '75.
After the first bombings,
we didn't have no place else to go.
The camps were bad places.
Bad things happened there.
Ellen got taken away,
and Tugga joined the militia when he was 15.
I never seen him again.
When Mama died of the flu,
I just ran away.
Why were... why were they called "Kennedy camps"?
'Cause he founded 'em
when he wasn't President anymore
after the riots and the...
and the bombs.
Uh, I don't understand.
I thought JFK would've made things better.
You don't understand this world.
I wanted to make a difference.
That's why I did all this.
My mother, my...
My whole family...
Why'd you save us?
I wanted to help you.
Yo... your father...
I wish...
He wasn't a...
he was my dad.
I never thought that
everything would get so screwed up.
I have to reset it.
Reset what?
I have to go.
Bye, Harry.
I don't want any trouble.
- Just passing through, okay? - "I don't want trouble."
- I don't want any trouble. - "Don't want any trouble."
"I'm just passing through."
- Get off me! - "Get off me."
- Get off! - "Get off me."
"Get off!"
Oh, for the love of Mike.
- Hello. - Um...
We know each other.
- We do? - Uh, yeah.
You're visiting your cousins here.
- That's right. - Yeah.
You are a librarian,
and you love John Steinbeck,
and you're from East Texas,
went to Vanderbilt.
Is that how we know each other?
No. Um...
I don't want to seem crazy.
You seem a little crazy...
I know. I know. I know.
And you're a little dirty.
- I know. - Excuse me, sir.
Is he with you?
Um, will you just give me a second?
Please don't... don't go anywhere, okay?
What? What?
It's got you, brother. You're in your own loop.
Look, I-I-I reset everything.
It's gonna be different.
That's what I think every time.
It's always the same loop.
It goes and it goes.
Sadie and I are supposed to be together.
It always ends the same. Still drowning.
- No. - Still...
Look, I'm not gonna do it the same way.
I know. I won't save JFK.
I-I won't help Harry and his family.
I won't do any of that.
I-I just want Sadie. Please.
- No. - Please.
- No. No. - I love her.
Please Please!
It ends the same,
and over...
and over.
It's gonna be different.
She'll always die.
Is everything okay?
Yeah, uh...
Just having one of those days.
You never told me how we met.
Right. Um...
I do know you.
Who are you?
I'm sorry.
I, uh...
I made a mistake.
Well, it was nice to meet you or...
see you or whichever.
I'm Sadie.
I know.
All right.
Tests here.
Are you okay, Mr. Epping?
I'm Fine.
Bye, sir.
See you in class.
Thank you.
See you later.
Mr. Epping?
I didn't get the promotion,
I wanted to thank you
for putting in the word for me.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry I didn't help you.
I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
That's okay, Mr. Epping.
I'm sorry.
You're a good man.
I'm sorry I didn't help you.
You're a good man.
Welcome, citizens of Jodie,
and especially you, JHS alums.
It is my pleasure, as both your mayor
and as a member of the class of '92.
Go Lions!
It's my honor to introduce to you the woman of the hour...
Or should I say, the Woman of the Year,
which is the honor given to her
by the governor of the state of Texas.
Ladies and gentlemen, our very own Ms. Sadie Dunhill.
Ms. Sadie, I'd just like to say that
all of us here in this room...
Excuse me... we're all here
because you have touched our lives
in some special way, and,
for all of us, I would just like to say thank you.
we never know
which lives we influence or...
Or when or why,
but I am so very grateful
to be part of yours.
You older Jodie grads...
Who are here tonight...
You might remember Deke Simmons,
and some of you may recall
that little poem that he...
That he loved...
That he kept on copies on his desk
so that he could hand them out to troublesome students...
or students that were troubled.
Well, this was the poem.
"We did not ask for this room or this music.
We were invited in.
because the dark surrounds us,
let us turn our faces to the light.
Let us endure hardship
to be grateful for plenty.
We have been given pain to be astounded by joy.
We have been given life
to deny death.
We did not ask for this room or this music.
But because we are here,
let us dance."
Thank you.
May I have this dance?
Oh, I don't think I remember how.
Were you a student here?
I'm a teacher.
And what's your name?
Jake Amberson.
Jake Amberson...
It seems familiar.
Where do you teach?
Lisbon, Maine.
All the way from Maine?
I had cousins in Lisbon.
They were very sweet girls.
So, what brings you to Jodie?
Oh, now you're just being funny.
May I ask you something?
Have you... Have you had a happy life?
I do work that matters.
I love all the people in my life.
I have a dog.
My life has had its challenges, but... yes.
Yes, I am very happy.
Why do you ask?
You seem like you deserve it.
I'm so happy that you're here.
I could swear I do know you.
Who are you?
Someone you knew in another life.