Baskets (2016–…): Season 4, Episode 9 - Mrs. Baskets Goes to Sacramento - full transcript

Christine's apple pie is not allowed through security.

Is it worth it?

Is what worth it?

Moving to Bakersfield.

Anyone he's willing
to leave Denver for

- has got to be amazing.
- Thank you.

To whom it may concern.

"You are in ownership of

"along the official route
of California's new

high-speed rail system."

Seizing the rodeo?!

I think we should fight this.

Let's fight it.
I love that.

- I'm in.
- I'm in. - I'm in.

City hall, here come the Baskets!

Season 04 Episode 09

Episode Title:
"Mrs. Baskets Goes to Sacramento"


803... 801?

Now it's going down.

Oh, I'm so confused.

It's a classic
big government tactic.

Confuse the proletariat.

Hey, Mom and Dale, I found it.
It's down here.

Oh, here it is.

Oh... oh, finally, a human.

Oh, that's me.

I'm here to see
Assemblyman Brian Von Vogel.

- Yes.
- Oh, well,

he's not in
his office now.

But if you look here

- on his website...
- Uh-huh.

- Just press that button.
- Oh.

Well, we want to see him
in person.

We're here to take some names

and, uh, bust some skulls,

Well, not right now.
We just want to speak to him.

Oh. Oh, okay.

Let me try to find him for you.

- Okay.
- Okay.

"Contact Brian Vogel."

Dear Brian. B-R-A-I-N.

Ma'am, it's kind of
urgent that we talk to him.

We own one of the properties

that the government wants
to destroy

so it can build
the bullet train.

We're trying to save
our family rodeo.

Oh, neat.

You know, they're having
a hearing in Sacramento

- on the 15th.
- Oh.

You should go protest there.

That's tomorrow.

Oh, I know. This year has
just flown by.

You know what?

We should go.

- Sacramento?
- Mm-hmm.

Oh, it's so beautiful there
this time of year.

Let's go to this.

We have to.

Oh, that's wonderful.

Hey, Facebook Live,
this is Dale.

Welcome to the proletariat rise.

Um, I'll show you a few things.

I got a bunch of flags here...
American flags...

To make some protest suits
out of.

Check out my shirt.
"Kiss My Caboose."

Oh, I want to show you the...
the exterior...

of my house.

What the hell are you
wearing a suit for, Chip?

Well, I thought we should
look professional.

Are you filming me?

Yeah, there's cameras

You better get used to it,
old man.

Turn that off, please.
That's terrible music.

Don't touch that.

Now, say hello to my followers.

Hey, Mom,
what's in the Tupperware?

It's a Cindy Evans pie.

It's for the government

- Everybody's got a sweet tooth.
- Beautiful pie, Mom.

- Will you take it?
- Sure.

- Were you gonna get out?
- I'll get out.

- Good.
- I'll let you sit in here, Mom.

- Oh, I love...
- Hey, honey,

you know
what I'm thinking?

- What?
- I better pee one more time

- before we go.
- Oh, God.

Oh, it's so nice to have
all the family together.

You know, fighting
for our legacy.

- Yeah.
- I do have a question, though.

- Who's gonna speak at the hearing?
- You know what?

I nominate myself. I think
I have the best speaking skulls.


But, you know, I'm the CEO.
I don't know.

Should I... should I do it?

If you do it,
you'll just get up there

and drool all over
the microphone. Right, Mom?

No. I'll tell you what.
I think I should do it.

'Cause I am the face of all the
commercials for the rodeo,

and I own it.

Plus, I've got a great
opening line, you guys.

Yeah? What is it?

"The bullet train has
come off the rails."

I can't beat that.

That's really good, Mom.

- Do you like it?
- Yeah.

Also add, though, that in 2006,

the-the budget for the
bullet train was 35 billion.

And now it's skyrocketed
to 98 billion.

Is that right?

Yep. Yep.

Oh, my God.

Good for you, Chip.
Listen to you.

I've never thought of you
like this.

- Like what?
- Well, you're so smart.

I mean, I've always thought you
were smart,

- don't get me wrong.
- No, he's never been that smart.

- But that sounded smart.
- No, I-I mean,

but you're really
applying yourself here.

Well, I just, you know,
I'm just trying to

- act like a CEO.
- Very nice.

Very nice.

220 miles to go!

Ah, that's a lifetime.

♪ 99 bottles of beer
on the wall ♪

- ♪ 99 bottles of beer ♪
- ♪ 99 bottles of beer ♪

- ♪ Take one down and pass it around ♪
- ♪ Take one down and pass it around ♪

- ♪ 98 bottles of beer on the wall ♪
- ♪ 98 bottles of beer on the wall ♪

♪ 98 bottles
of beer on the wall ♪

- ♪ 98 bottles of beer ♪
- ♪ 98 bottles of beer ♪

♪ You take one down, you pass it around ♪
♪ You take one down, you pass it around ♪

- ♪ 97 bottles of beer on the wall ♪
- Keep up.

You know,
you would think that was more popular.

I'm glad to be out
of that behemoth. Okay.

Lady Liberty!

- We made it.
- Yeah.

- Come on, girl.
- Oh, it's so beautiful.

My tax dollars at work!

We made it to the capitol!

Be a killer place for a selfie.

This is
a "no parking" zone, ma'am.

Oh, honey, move the camper.
You can't park here.

- Not it. Not it.
- Yeah,

- I heard you, Dale. Take the pie.
- Thank you.

Ah, what is this,
Neoclassical Californian?

I have no idea,

- but it is breathtaking.
- Oh, my God!

Whoa, whoa, whoa.

You can't park
that thing here, man.

It's way too high.

Okay, sorry.

Here we go.


Hey, here we are on the
steps of the State Capitol!

Hi, everybody.
I'm Dale Baskets,

and this is the lady
of the hour.

- Are we live?
- Yeah, this is live, Mom.

Oh, hi to my church group.
Hi, Maggie.

- Okay, let's...
- We're in the, uh, State Capitol.

What else, Mom?
What else do you want to say?

Oh, I love America,
and I love justice.

Okay, so watch this, we're gonna
do the Statue of Liberty pose.

- Go ahead, Mom.
- Oh!

The Statue of Liberty!

Yeah, there you go.
A little higher.

There you go. Okay, let me just
back up a little,

get this a little... Oh, God!

Oh, my God.

I'm all right, sir, thank you.

You okay, Mama?

- Okay.
- Oh, my God, are you okay?

Yeah, we're okay.
It happens often, actually.

- Is she okay?
- Yeah, she'll be fine.

- We fall down a lot as a family.
- Oh.

Hey, uh, the pie's okay, Mom.

- That's good, honey.
- Yeah, let me give you a hand.

Please relieve yourselves
of all electronic items.

Cell phones, car keys,
loose change.

Okay, we're right here in the,
the belly of the beast.

We're getting ready to
go through security.

There we go.
There goes Mama.

- Okay. It's okay.
- Oh, my God, I'm buzzed.

Come here, arms out.

And, uh, there's the apple pie.

A little damaged,
but that's okay.

- Sir, please stop filming...
- Thank you.

And please put the phone
in the container.

Stop filming? Okay.

- Thank you, sir.
- There you go.

And just...?

Hey, who can I

talk to about those stairs?

Has anyone else tripped on those?

- Well, that thing's active, isn't it?
- Come on through.

Okay, I don't have a belt buckle
on or anything.

- Arms out.
- Where's... where's the pie going?

- It's over to the side. It's fine, sir.
- Yeah, but where's...

Can I have the phone, please?
Can I have my phone?

- Oh, sir, please remove your boot.
- Mom, film this!

- All right, I'll turn it on... Oh, my God.
- Remove your boot.

- Well, I will when you tell me where my pie is.
- It's looking at me.

- Honey? Why didn't you tell me I look like this?
- Mom, keep filming!

- Pay attention, please!
- God, I look like a drunk.

Sir, please remove your boot.

- What?
- Please remove your boot.

Remove my boot?
For what reason?

These are American cowboy boots!

Your ankle section, sir.
- Oh, God!

What's in the boot?

What is going on?
I mean... Oh, this thing?

- It's just a switchblade.
- Whoa! - Oh, honey!

- It was a gift from my cousin Douglas.
- Hold on.

- Sir, you are coming with us.
- What are you doing with a s...

Are you in a gang?

They're arresting me!
M-My hands are behind my back!

Where are you taking my son?

I can't bring an American
knife to a U.S. Capitol building?!

We've got to
do the bullet train thing.

Mom, it's up to you now!
Stop the bullet train, Mom!

Hey, telephone?

Directions to State Capitol,



30 minutes?

Chip... parked 30 minutes away?
Where are you?

Oh. Ah.

Is this the line to be heard
on the Senate floor?

- Uh, sure is. Yeah.
- Oh...

I wish I would've thought
to bring a chair.

Hmm. Hmm. Yeah.

Hey, Christine, how's it going?

Oh, I don't know.
It's all topsy-turvy.

Dale got arrested
and Chip's wandering around

who knows where
in Sacramento, and...

and I can't remember
what I'm gonna say up there.

I hate to say this, but...

it is a lot of money
they're offering you.

K-Ken, we're fighting this.

I mean, think about it, really.

Who is the rodeo benefiting?

Chip loves the rodeo.

Come on, does he?

I mean, really, think about it.

You'll do the right thing, Christine.

- Well...
- I have faith in you.


Okay, here we are.
I am being told

that my First Amendment rights,
because I'm filming,

uh, are in jeopardy.

- Is that what you're saying?
- You can film

as much as you want, sir.
We-we just want to know why

- you brought a weapon into the building.
- Oh! He wants to know

why I brought a weapon
into the building.

So I don't have my
Second Amendment rights, either.

Is that, is that what you guys

are telling me?
I mean, the message boards

are gonna light up
on this thing.

So, my First Amendment rights
are in jeopardy,

my Sec...

Oh, gosh.
Low battery.

I'm losing the charge here.

- Do you have a power cord that I could borrow?
- No.

- Ma'am?
- I left mine in my car.

Well, go get it.

Never mind,
that'll take too much time.

Okay, uh...
all right, where was I?

I was saying s... It's dead.

Phone's dead.

Battery's gone.

Hey, do you have a
auxiliary hole in that body cam?

I am being illegally held here
in Sacramento at the, um...

What is the name
of this building?

- State Capitol.
- At the State Capitol!

This is an SOS situation.

I'm almost cuffed!

- Ooh!
- Oh!

- God, I'm sorry.
- Oh, my God, are you okay?

- I'm sorry.
- Oh, I'm so sorry.

That's a great ensemble you got
there, though.

- Oh, thank you. I sewed this myself.
- Oh.

Are-are you leaving?

My feet hurt.
My family's supposed to be here.

We have a business and...

they're gonna do with that train
what they want anyways.

Not necessarily.

- No?
- I'd love to hear your story

if you'd like to share it.

Christine Baskets.

Hi. Come with me.

- Nice to meet you.
- Our group has an area up front.

- Oh, up front?
- Up front.

You're a godsend.

You have

arrived at your destination.

State Capitol Coffee?

Ma'am, do you, do you know
where the, uh, State Capitol is?

Uh, yeah, it's a couple miles
that way.

Couple miles?

Okay, Mom. Okay.

Hey! Excuse me!

- Is your tricycle for hire?
- Yeah.

Great. I need to go to the, uh,
State Capitol building.

Every morning.
Every morning I wake up to it.

Ah, what's going on in here?

This is
what's happening in Fresno.

- Oh, is this the hearing? Oh.
- It's louder than a nuclear explosion.

- What's her deal?
- The air is unsafe to breathe.

This is what's happening
in Fresno!

- Good day!
- Thank you.

We will now hear from
Robert Shockley of Palmdale.

Oh, God.


- Oh, I know him. Yes.
- My name is Robert Shockley.

And, yes, I currently live
in Palmdale. However, uh,

my entire family
lives in Gilroy.

And, uh, I had to move
to Palmdale after I...

lost the use of both my legs

because there was a cheaper
rehabilitation center there,

and it's all
my insurance would cover.

- Oh.
- I can't drive.

A high-speed rail would allow me
to go home every weekend

to be with my family.

Hey, don't worry
about going up there, okay?

You're gonna be great.

Just... here's some
talking points.

- Just work them into your speech.
- Oh.

You'll be golden.

- Look at these.
- Do it for everyone

who wants to stay in touch
with their families.

- Well, I hope my kids make it.
- No matter how far away...

- You know, they're on their way.
- From the Central Valley they live.

Oh, look at that.
We're so close. There it is.

Oh, actually, that's a one-way
the wrong way.

You can't go that way.
You got to go around.

I'll just get out here, then.

Fine, no problem.

That'll be 97 bucks.

$97? I don't have $97.

- Plus tip.
- Tip?

- I thank you for your time.
- Oh.

Thank you.
And now, we will hear

from the California Bus Lobby.

- That's us.
- Th-That's us?

- Mm-hmm. Yep.
- We're the Bus Lobby?

What the hell
is going on here?

Thank you, Senator.

Ladies and gentlemen,
I'd like to introduce you

to a very important
small business owner

from Bakersfield, California.

Her name is Christine
and she owns a rodeo.

A rodeo that would be destroyed

by the bullet train.

So, without further ado,

Christine Buckets.

What? What's this?

"Sunset... Coach Lines"?

Oh, my God.

Anyway, I'm here...

uh, as owner
of the Baskets...

Family Rodeo with my two sons

and, uh...

the bullet train
is off the rails.


"The bus is a better alternative

than a bullet train,
so the bus stops here"?

What is this about?

Who wrote this?

Oh, my God. Your Honor,
hold on, Your Honor.

This is not...

I-I'm not affiliated with him.

- Um...
- Three minutes, ma'am.

Three minutes?

Oh, God, hold on.
Let me start again.

You know, we were
minding our own business

in Bakersfield, California.

I'm Christine Baskets,

owner of the
Baskets Family Rodeo.

- And we got a flyer.
- Sir.

A letter, really.

And they said
a bullet train was coming.

And that they'd give us
some money for our property

but we didn't have nothing
to say about it.

And I guess that's how
we ended up here,

we have something to say
and now I'm here and...


I loved what Robert said
about his family.

It was beautiful.

And I guess
I started thinking...

I bought my rodeo
to be closer to my family.

And it was wonderful
for a while,

but I have to be
honest with you.

I think I was fighting the train
for selfish reasons.

And maybe it's not fair of me
to stop a train

that's gonna connect
other families.

You know, because really,
in my heart,

- I should be in Denver.
- Wait, what?


Oh. Sorry, Senators.

This is Chip, who I was
talking about, my son.

He, he doesn't know any of this;
I haven't discussed it with him.

This is... Chip, I just...
I had a revelation.

You've got to hear
Robert's story.

- Who's Robert?
- He's right here.

He needs his family

and that train's gonna put him
in contact with it

- every week if he wants.
- Hi, Robert.

Chip, maybe we should let
the train come through there.

I think we've,
we've done everything we can

- with that rodeo.
- I mean, I be...

- I became a CEO.
- And you did a terrific job, honey.

Yeah, but w-we had a plan.

I think the train will help

people like Robert
and other families connect.

And isn't that what
we've been trying to do?

Haven't we been
trying to connect?

And that's why I bought
the rodeo, I wanted to connect.

But now my home is...
And my life, Chip...

It's in Denver with Ken.

And I listened
to somebody on the way up here,

on the radio,

"The one change
in life is constant."

- What?
- What'd they say?

No. No. "The only constant
in life is change."

That train's coming.

That change is happening.

And my granddaughter is bi.

- What?
- Yes.

I came here with him to protest

the train, but I'm, I'm...

I'm leaving here...

in favor of it.
I'm leaving here in favor of it.

- Okay.
- Chip, wait. You don't...

Oh, my God.

So sensitive.

Oh... well, I'd like to thank

the great state of California...

for your time...

and for being my home
for many, many years.

I'll be thinking of you
when I'm in the Mile High City.

- I'm just gonna go

- get the RV.
- Honey, you have to realize I...

Denver sounds like
a blast because I hear

the thin air
makes you all freaky.

You okay up there, Chip?

I'm sorry I flip-flopped
on you, honey.

I should have told you.

I thought you were
a great CEO for our rodeo.

It's nothing on you.

People just don't want
cowboys falling off bulls

as much as they want
their lickety-split commute.

You know?

I need to figure

- this out.
- You were supposed to make

- a life plan.
- I-I... I-I tried.

I did and... but I-I-I
just couldn't finish it.

Things got too crazy in my life.

Do you know how many people

- have said that to me?
- I don't know. A lot.

The rodeo was, you know,

a thing I put my energy into
and I thought,

"Okay, this could be
a good thing, the rodeo."

And now it's gone.
The rodeo's gone.

And the-the clowning endeavor,
I-I have no... I mean,

my artistic endeav...

Life is gone.

I'm lost.

I want to help you.

I, I really do.

And I know that I can,

it's just that you have
to make a real commitment.

Do you understand?

Yeah. I-I realize that now.

I-I do.

Okay. Then just...


right there.

Okay. What is this?

This is the best day
of your life.

From now on,

everything changes.

You could be happy.

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Sync corrections by srjanapala