A Friend of the Family (2022–…): Season 1, Episode 5 - The Bitter Cup - full transcript

When the Brobergs' marriage is thrown into jeopardy, Bob and Mary Ann must face the terrible consequences of their mistakes; B. strengthens his sinister hold over Jan.

You've been dancing
with a lot of women tonight.

You are unforgettable.

You remember that kid stuff?

Just help me out, brother.

Just this once.

This is a reminder
of the mission.

Zada spoke to me.

They are going to be
watching us.

They're gonna look
like regular people.

All the doctors
and experts say

Mr. Berchtold didn't do
anything wrong.

Don't hang up. It's me.

Everything I did was to be
with you.

To get closer to you.

I think I'm gonna go visit
my mother in Garland tomorrow.

I knew you'd come.
I may as well confess it.

You're the one I wanted
to run away with.

I love you.

And only you.

[unsettling music]

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Ought to be used
to that step by now.

I swear I don't know
what's the matter

with me this morning.


You're probably just--
just tired is all.

Like we got a whole lot
of sleep last night.

Oh, oh, oh. Hey.

You don't have to go so soon,
do you?

I don't want to, but...

I feel awful doing this to Bob.

I shouldn't have come here again.

I think this might have to--
- No, no. Hey, hey, hey.

Bob doesn't--

He doesn't value what he has.

All right?

I don't know what I'd do
without you.

Please, let's not make this
the last time.

I know.

But I think
it might have to be.

No. Okay, you--
I know you have your worries.

Of course you do,
because you are a good woman.

But they'll pass. They'll pass.

We've just gotta figure out
a way

to make this trial go away

and we can really be together.



Get out of here, kid.

All right? See you soon.

♪ ♪

* Somewhere
over the rainbow ♪

♪ Skies are blue ♪

♪ And the dreams
that you dare to dream ♪

♪ Really do come true ♪

[eerie music]

♪ Someday I'll wish
upon a star ♪

♪ And wake up where the clouds
are far behind me ♪

♪ Where troubles melt
like lemon drops ♪

♪ Away above the chimney tops ♪

♪ That's where you'll find me ♪

♪ Somewhere over the rainbow ♪

♪ Bluebirds fly ♪

♪ Birds fly over the rainbow ♪

♪ Why then, oh, why can't I? ♪


I won't let him in this house.

And I won't let
his second-rate flowers either.

Mary Ann, would you mind
helping me out here?

A grown man should not be

getting a girl your age flowers.

You're just mad
because they're not

from your store.
- Ah, ah, ah, ah.

It was a--
this was a beautiful evening

until he ruined it.

He's not even supposed to be
in Pocatello.

He's only here to see
his own boys in the play.


Now, I will have
more to say, young lady,

when I get back.
- Back?

Yeah, I'm going over there
to tell Berchtold

who is responsible
for this family.

- Bob, I don't--
- Because it is not him.

[door slams]

♪ ♪


[dog barking]

[engine rumbles]

[knocking at door]

[door opens]

Hi, Bob.

What can I do you for?
- What you can do

is stay the hell away.

Go back to Ogden
where you belong.

And do not contact Jan
or anyone from my family.

Your family?

[chuckles] Bob...

Do you see your family here?
'Cause I don't.

You're at my house
and you're making threats.


Maybe I ought to be the one
to smack you on the nose, Bob.

You know?
- Now, you--

you know damn well
that you should not have sent

Jan those flowers.

It's what you do
on opening night.

Besides, it doesn't mean anything.

That's all just--

just kid stuff.

Right, Bob?

Go home.

Go spend more time
with your family.

Oh, Bob...

Say hi to Mary Ann for me.

[crickets chirping]

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[distorted voice]
Jan Broberg,

your Earthly father
has threatened the mission.

Do not be sad
if he is removed.

Do not think about him
after he is gone.

Continue the mission,
our special child.

Save our dying planet.

♪ ♪

[birds chirping]

[engine rumbling]

* Who's gonna spend ♪

[radio cuts, engine dies]

[keys jingling]

Good morning, Pocatello.

Now that you're awake
on this beautiful morning,

it's time for your news.

Last Tuesday
at the Academy Awards,

Ellen Burstyn
won best actress--

[static crackles]

* For that I pray ♪

♪ Crawl through the shadow ♪

♪ And take down the thread ♪

♪ All that now lay *

♪ Before you ♪

[music cuts off]

[indistinct muttering]

[frantic whispering]

[tense music]

♪ ♪

[lock clangs]

Uh, I spoke
with Mr. Roberts' daughter

last night before bed.

Do you want
me to bring this to--

straight to the chapel
or drop it around back or--

- [muffled voice on phone]
- The deceased.

Um, there's no deceased
Mr. Roberts here.

Uh, What do you mean
there's no Mr. Roberts?

I came in early.

Special order last night.

Sorry, sir.

Are--are you sure?

Yes, I'm absolutely sure

there's no deceased
Mr. Roberts here.

That is strange.

I'm sorry.


[phone clicks]

[door rattling]

[eerie music]

♪ ♪

What's wrong, Broberg?

You scared?

♪ ♪

You shouldn't be going around
making threats

if you can't back them up.

[knocking on door]

I have a gun!

♪ ♪

[tires squeal]

Oh, Bob. Are you sure?

Are you okay?

He's behind it.

He wanted
to get me here alone.

And he sent
some of his low-life friends

to try and intimidate me.

This trial, it-it could be
months away.

Hell, it could be next year.

But in the meantime,
he is going to do

everything he can
to try and scare us

and divide us
and make us lose our nerve.

We have to be strong.

And I'm--

I'm gonna buy a gun.

Mary Ann,

he is trying to destroy us.

So if you are having any...

contact with him,

it needs to stop.

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

Of course.

We'll be strong.

For Jan.

[line clicks,
dial tone drones]


[car door closes]

[birds chirping]

[chuckles] Hey.

I was just thinking about you.

From here on out,

nothing is coming
between me and my family.

What are you talking about?

You got a beautiful family.

That's for sure.

Don't make me beg, Mary Ann.


[birds chirping]

[car door shuts]
[engine starts]

[rain pattering]

[phone ringing]

Hello, Brobergs.

Mary Ann, you can't keep
ignoring me.


[dreary music]

♪ ♪

[phone ringing]

[phone rings]

Hello, Brobergs.


♪ ♪

No one answered.

[phone rings]

Hello, Brobergs.


♪ ♪

Come here. Come on.
[object rattling]



Jan, come on.

Bob, can you get the lights?

And Karen, where are you?
Come on.

Come on.

All right.
- Everyone ready?

- We're ready.
- All right.

all: * Happy birthday to you ♪

* Happy birthday to you ♪

* Happy birthday, dear Susie ♪

* Happy birthday to you ♪

- [giggles]
- Yay.

- Happy birthday.
- Thanks, Jan.

You girls are growing up
so fast.

[phone ringing]

♪ ♪

All right. Who wants cake?

Want a piece of cake? Jan?

Heavenly father...

It's been two years now

since Zada and Zethra gave me
my mission.

I just haven't heard
from them in months.

And I haven't really been able
to talk to B.

So I just ask thee humbly
for a sign.

Any sign on how
to fulfill my mission.

I just--

I pray that you'll
let them know

that I am sincerely trying

and that they won't take Susan
instead of me.

Please let them know
that I'm still here.

That Jan Broberg
is still here.

[soft dramatic music]

♪ ♪

I really shouldn't be here
without Bob.

So whatever's so important,
say it quick, please.

Well, if you answered
my calls

we wouldn't have to meet
like this. [chuckles]

You've been keeping me
at arms-length

for too long, Mary Ann.
- The best thing you can do

for Bob is make sure
this trial doesn't go forward.

You've been doing that
without my help

with all your... legal moves
and whatever they are.

This'll be
a very public trial.

We'll have to call
your husband to the stand.

If Bob here is gonna get
embarrassed in public,

it's only fair everyone hears
the full story.

If I'm under oath,
I can't lie. [chuckles]

We did you guys a favor

by leaving it out
at the hearing.

But at trial it'll come out
that Bob is a homosexual.

But he's not.
He's not. You tricked him.

Stop twisting everything--
- Oh.

Why don't we work together
to make this go away?

I only came because I thought
you had a serious offer.

Not more blackmail.
- Mary Ann.

Just a moment.

Do I have to do
everything myself?

Mary Ann. Mary Ann.

I am so sorry.

I did not know
she was gonna say any of that.

I hate what these lawyers
are putting us through.

We gotta figure out something

or it's gonna be real bad
for all of us.

I agree.
I just don't see how any--

I just--
we can spare Jan the pain.

We can spare Bob
the humiliation.

I don't want to cause
more heartache.

Not for anyone.

Well, you think
about the heartache

if I have to go to prison.

Come on, now.

Listen, all you gotta do--

you testify that you gave me
permission to take Jan.



But I didn't.

You said it yourself.

If I'm under oath,
I can't lie, can I?

Wait, Mary Ann. Hey. Hey.

W-what if I take a plea?

There's no trial.

And I'll--I'll plead guilty.

I'll do that for you.

Well, if they're offering you
a plea,

then yes, of course
you should take it.


Then I'll just speak
to Jan first.


[sighs] So I can explain it
to her.

Mary Ann, I owe her that.

How else is she gonna


You bring her
by Buckskin Road

tomorrow after school.

I can't bring Jan
to see you, B.

Is this
'cause of good old Bob?

You know, you'd be sparing him
a lifetime of shame

if you made this trial go away.

Buckskin Road.

And you bring Jan.

Otherwise we go to court
and it all comes out.

And everyone loses,
especially Bob.

[unsettling music]

[engine roars]

♪ ♪

[engine rumbling]

♪ ♪

[car door slams]

- [sighs]
- Aw.

Hello. Hey.

- Did you miss me, Dolly?
- I sure did.


Say what you need to say.

Well, glad you both came.

Maybe we can finally put
all this behind us.

Dolly, I'm thinking of you.

You would suffer the most
in a trial.

But don't worry.

You are doing everything right.


I fired my lawyer.

Mary Ann, after the way
she spoke to you, I--

I don't need
old Jennifer Ferguson

to make my decision.

Her opinion is not
the one that matters.

What are you gonna do?


Dolly, could you love
a jailbird?

- Yes.
- [chuckles]


Aw, hell.

I'll take the plea
for all of us.

Come here.

Oh, it's gonna be all right.


It's okay.

[unsettling music]

* ♪

[door closes]

Hi, Bob.

[utensil scraping]

♪ ♪

What's wrong?

I know.

Know what?

You met with B.

Is someone
following me now?

Spencer told me.

He saw you.


and with Jan.

How could you do this
to me, Mary Ann?

Do this to you?

I met with B for you, Bob.

Oh, that is a crock
of nonsense.

Oh, yeah?
Well, how about this?

Us being there got him
to take a plea.

He was going to anyway.

He's just trying to get ahold
of Jan again.

I-I need to be able to--
to trust you,

for you to be able to protect
my girls.

- Your girls?
- Why the crap

did you bring Jan
along with you?

Don't you have better sense?


I thought it was smarter.


I wanted to spare Jan
the burden of a trial.

So this is all
about you being a good mother

and doing right by Jan?
- I didn't say--

didn't say that.
- No, you didn't need

to say it because that's
what you're implying.

I thought it was
the lesser of two evils.

Leave her the hell home
and don't choose either evil.

Oh, Bob, why
are you picking on me?

It doesn't make sense.

Why would you do such a thing?


I think it's time
I clear the air...

and tell you the worst part.

What are you talking about,
"the worst part"?

[sighs] Sit down, Bob.

Just say
what you have to say.

[breathes unsteadily]


I've been unfaithful to you.

I've been unfaithful to you...

with B.

I was never with him again

after the morning
he sent someone to your shop.

But he's been holding it
over my head ever since.

[tense music]

♪ ♪


Bob, hey.


You are exposing our daughter
to that devil!


He is a danger to Jan!

Who are you?

[door slams, engine revs]

You know, sometimes
grown-ups have arguments

just like kids do.

But when you love each other,

even the really big ones
blow over.

[soft dramatic music]

In time.

[birds chirping, dog barking]

♪ ♪

[melancholy music]

♪ ♪


I don't know
where you've been all night.

But I'm glad you're home.

I want... to apologize.

I hate to do this, Mary Ann,
but it has to be done.

What is this?

Imminent danger?

Bob, what does this mean?

That is a legal notice

that you are an imminent danger
to our girls.

You need to be out of the house

before they come home
from school.

Bob, don't do this.

[weeping] The lawyer
will follow up

with divorce papers.
- [inhales sharply]


[door shuts]


[somber music]

♪ ♪


your transgression

is admirable.

But it's just the first step

on your path to repentance.

You chose Bob
as your eternal companion.

But you have shattered
the sacred covenant

that you and he made with God.

We have no choice
but to excommunicate you

from the church.

If you desire to be
reinstated someday,

you should continue
to attend services.

But you cannot partake
of the sacrament,

pray publicly,
or visit the temple.

The blessings
of your temple marriage

are also suspended.

If you should die
in this sinful state,

you would be separated
from your eternal companion

and your children
in the life to come.

[doors slam]

[chimes tinkling]

Hey, sis.

I made up the back room
for you.

Thanks, Mom.


* Bonjour, tristesse ♪

♪ Hello, sadness ♪

When is Mom coming home?

* It's all over now ♪

♪ C'est fini ♪

I don't think she is.

Is it our fault?

No. It is not your fault.

No one in this family
is to blame.

[voice muffles]
Your mom still loves you.

You'll see her a lot.

We're just gonna have
to do our share

and make up for the fact
that Mom's not gonna be here.

Jani, I'm gonna need
you to help your sisters

get home from school.

[tense music]

♪ ♪

Every day.

And just...

really help out.


Really be a member
of this family.

All right?

[normal voice] Jani?

Yeah. Okay.

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

[floorboards creak,
door opens]

♪ ♪

[electronic chittering]

[distorted voice]
Female companion.

Female companion.

Continue the mission
with male companion.

The time is near for you.

Now go to him.

Continue the mission.

So now I gotta retake
the science test.

It's a real bummer.


You know, I hate science
except for the anatomy parts.

- Dolly.
- Hey, we're still gonna watch

TV at your house later, right?

Caroline, I'll be right back.

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

Do they talk to you guys too?

Are you from their planet?
- [chuckles]

♪ ♪


Everything okay?

You know, I've gotta
head home early.

Will you tell Karen
to walk Susan home?

Do you still want to watch
TV at your house later?

Jan, where are you going?

[chimes tinkling]

[door opens, closes]


Nice to know
my perfect sister

is not so perfect after all.

I'll be all right.

The truth is,
divorce is really, really hard.

[sighs] Bob will find
someone else right away.

Men always do.

It's harder for a woman
who's getting older.

And with the morality issue,

it'll be hard to get custody.

I'm not being mean.
I'm telling you how it is.

You're about to see
how hard life is without a man.

And, sis...

Bob was a good one.

[insects chirping]

[dog barks]


Go right on in, little lady.

[tense music]

[door creaks]

♪ ♪

[lighter clicking]

[breathing unsteadily]
[dog grunts]

Hi. I knew you'd make it.

Now, we just have
a few minutes, all right?

But I just--I had to see you.

Just back here.

Zada and Zethra need me
to make some money

so I can keep going.

I gotta go up to Wyoming, see--
in Jackson Hole--

see about a fun center
up there.

It's--it's a place for kids.

And there's just all kinds
of games and all that.

And just every new thing
you ever heard of.

But I--I wanted to tell you
in person,

'cause I'm gonna be
so far away for a while.

And I'm scared
about the mission too

and us being apart for so long.


To tell you the truth, Dolly,

I'm also just gonna be
lonely without you.

You are my whole heart.


You're my whole heart, too.

I know.

Well, it's a shame.
You'd just love it up there.

There's a theater
right next to the fun center.

They put on plays
every weekend.


Well, maybe, you know,
I could come

and work for you there
this summer.

Like how I worked
at the freight outlet.

You know, Dolly,
I hadn't thought of that.

You might have just solved
all our problems.

Now, when you get home,

I want you to start
to work on old Bob.

All right? You don't worry
about Mary Ann.

I'll take care of her.

[door shuts]

[dial clicking]

Come on, you worked before.

Why won't it work for me?

You gotta be a rocket scientist
to figure this machine out.

[dial clicks]

Did you hear it?
You have to hear it click.

Then it'll start.

Thanks, Jani.

Dad, well, I was thinking...

you know,
maybe I could get a job

up in Jackson Hole this summer.

What? Wyoming?


Well, yeah.

There's, like, a ton
of jobs up there.

Way more than here.

And I bet
that I could even find

a really nice Mormon family
for me to stay with.

[sighs] You're too young.

Besides, I need your help
around here this summer.


[clears throat]

[mysterious music]

♪ ♪

[car door closes]

Hey, hi.

I'm glad you came.

Early, even.

Um, hey, sit.

Uh, yeah.

It's good timing, though.
I just got back.

There we go.

Oh, boy.

What's got you worked up?


What's that long face for?

Life isn't working out
the way I planned.

Well, hey,
you know what they say.


life's what happens
when you're making other plans.

Think about it this way,
no Bob?

This is what we've
always talked about.

What if we'd met first? Huh?

You think of what our life
would be like?

It'd solve all our problems.

- Would it?
- Sure.

We move to Jackson Hole.
We bring the kids.

We'd be like the Brady Bunch.


I want you to marry me,
Mary Ann.

When the happiness train comes,
you gotta jump on it

or you miss it.

And I don't want to miss it.

But you gotta come with me.

You and the girls.

♪ ♪

[indistinct recorded voice

...better, and we know we
have a responsibility,

each of us, with our thoughts, emotions,

attitudes, and words.
[dog panting]

[dog whimpers]

...individual family members.

All too often,
we leave family members

to assume how we feel towards...

Hi, Bob.

But so often, we could have
communicated better

had we known
how they really felt about--

Bob, I feel like such a fool.

I was--

I was so blind.

But no more.

I love you.

Not him.

Can you ever forgive me?

Can I sit?

How are the girls?

They miss their mother.

I miss them too.

And their father.


[melancholy music]

♪ ♪

I can't live without my family.

♪ ♪

[sighs, sniffles]

♪ ♪

[door creaks open]

♪ ♪


- Hey.
- Mom?

- Mom!
- You're really here.

Mom, you came back. Oh.

- Jan.


- [laughs]
- It's so good to see you.

I'm so sorry I left
without saying goodbye.

Are you home now for good?

Uh, your mother's gonna stay
for a while.

Then we'll see.
[gavel bangs]

Let the record reflect
this is a closed proceeding.

And the defendant has entered
a guilty plea,

throwing himself
at the mercy of the court.

Robert Berchtold, please rise.

Having considered
all the evidence

as well as your plea,

I sentence you to a term
of five years in prison.

However, since this
is a first offense

and you have shown remorse,

all but 45 days
of that sentence

will be suspended
only to be reinforced

if you reoffend.

You're hereby ordered to report
by the end of September

to serve
the remainder of your sentence

which with timed served
will be...

15 days.

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

15 days?

I can't believe it either.

What can we do?

Nothing. It's over.

Pete, he had her in Mexico
longer than 15 days.

I mean, does this seem fair
to you?

At least there's
the suspended sentence

looming over him.

Anywhere he tries to go,

I'll let them know about him.


I'm sorry.

♪ ♪

[door opens]

[door closes]

Oh, great. Mom, Dad,

just the folks I needed
to talk to.

What is it, Jani?

Well, there's
this amazing theater.

It's wonderful.

And they've got professional
actors and everything.

I could be
an important part of it.

I hear they're doing
a production

of "Bye, Bye, Birdie."

And maybe I could get cast
in the ensemble.

Start off in summer stock
to get more experience.

It could be the start
of what I've always dreamed of.

That's nice, Jan.

Uh, w-where is this?

You--can you bike to it?

Well, it's not--
it's not really in town.

It's in Jackson Hole.

both: No.

Well, I'd be doing this
for you too.

What's that supposed to mean?


Dad's income can't really
give us the life we want.

Jan, that is
a terrible thing to say.

You apologize to your father.

Why? It's true.

We do not need you
to contribute financially.

You are a child.
- I'm almost 14.

You're not going
to Jackson Hole.

You know, you never let me do
what I want.

You're terrible parents.

You don't care about my dreams.
- Okay, calm down, all right?

No, you calm down.

God, I hate you!

You're so damn stupid!
- Jan.

Young lady, go to your room.

You're grounded.

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

Dolly, I've written you
so many letters

I'm not sure
what I've told you

and what I haven't.
Never give up.

Always remember the mission
we share.

I know it will be hard.

Zada and Zethra
and all the dying children

are counting on us.

Always remember I am...
[overlapping voices]

Don't lose focus.

I had this dream...

You're in college by now,
I can come visit.

[overlapping voices]

...and our problems are over.

And all we have is each other,

and one day we will
be together.

[overlapping voices]

Watching us.

Only you and me and love. B.

Jan, I'm going to the store.

Keep an eye on your sisters.


- I will.
- Promise?


[engine turns over]

[engine rumbling]

[mysterious music]

♪ ♪

Don't run across the street.

Always remember our mission.

♪ ♪

Zada and Zethra
and all the dying children...

♪ ♪

[kids chattering]

Not it.
Oh, wait, no.

No, wait, I forgot.

Susan, one. Susan.

* If I point at the moon ♪

♪ Will you look
at my finger? ♪

♪ If I read you a text ♪

♪ Will you read
'tween the lines? ♪

♪ If I sing you a song ♪

♪ Will the melody linger? ♪

♪ And will you dance
with the sound in your mind? ♪

[tires screech]

- [panting]
- Girls, what's going on?

Karen, what happened?
- I'm sorry, Mom.

What happened?

Baby, what happened?

- [sobbing]

Susie fell off her bike.

I think
her arm might be broken.

- Where's Jan?
- I'm really sorry, Mom.

I'm so sorry, honey.

Karen, look at me.

Where is Jan?

Where is she?
- She got into a taxi.

I couldn't stop her.

[tense music]

♪ ♪

[tires squeal]


Mom. Mom.

[engine revs,
horn honking]

[tires screech]

Do not move.

My arm. [moaning]

It really--

[panting and groaning]

♪ ♪


♪ ♪

TWA flight 136 is now--

Where's Jan?


Mom, where's Jan?


[car door closes]

[unsettling music]

♪ ♪

[plane engine roars]

- * Somewhere
over the rainbow ♪

* Way up high ♪

* There's a land
that I heard of ♪

* Once in a lullaby ♪

* Somewhere over the rainbow ♪

* Skies are blue ♪

* And the dreams
that you dare to dream ♪

* Really do come true ♪

* Someday I'll wish
upon a star ♪

* And wake up where the clouds
are far behind me ♪

* Where troubles melt
like lemon drops ♪

* Away
above the chimney tops ♪

* That's
where you'll find me ♪

* Somewhere over the rainbow ♪

* Bluebirds fly ♪