Katy Keene (2020–…): Season 1, Episode 2 - Chapter Two: You Can't Hurry Love - full transcript

With Katy's personal life in a holding pattern, she can't seem to escape even at work; Jorge finds himself on the outs with the Broadway community and must decide if he wants to give up performing as Ginger.

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New York...

They say,
"If you can make it here,

you can make it anywhere."

The same city that can
inspire you one minute,

can knock you down and
trample over you the next.

Like that time
the A train broke down,

and I was stuck
walking home fifty blocks...

in heels.

Luckily, that day,

my Long Island prince
came to my rescue.

Ever since we started
dating, KO has always been
there for me.

Like when it was
the hottest, most humid
summer on the record,

KO installed an AC window unit
in my bedroom.

Or the way he always shows up
with food at the perfect time.

When my mom was sick,
KO never left my side.

And after she passed away,
KO's family became my family.

In a city that's
constantly in motion,

with life throwing curve balls
at every turn,

KO had always been my constant.

My rock.

If I couldn't imagine
my life without him...

then why, in that moment,

couldn't I just say yes?

So, what do you say, Katy?

-Hey! Stop that guy!
-KO, don't

No, I'm not going to
let him get away!

I'll meet you back
at your place.

Oh. My. God.

You, Katy, are the latest victim

-of the Alphabet City Bandit.

Do you mind if I write about it
in my weekly column?

-You have a column?

Daily Hail

It's called "Pass the Pepper."

Forget about the pepper, girl,
I need the tea.

What did you say
when KO proposed?

The ring was stolen before I
got a chance to answer him.

But you were going to say "yes,"
weren't you?


I don't know.

-Everything was perfect.

The ring was beautiful.
He was beautiful.

But, I

I just couldn't say it.

The word wouldn't
come out of my mouth.

But it's KO. You love him.

Do you love him?

We've been with each other
ever since high school.

He's the only guy
I've ever been with.

Honey, that's
not what she asked.

KO Kelly is the last good man
left in Manhattan,

not to mention
hot as hell, girl.

If I was you,
I'd lock that down.

Maybe the ring getting stolen
was fate.

If he doesn't get it
back tonight, or ask you
for an answer,

it'll buy you some time
to do a little soul searching.

See if he's the one.

Josie, you are right.

Yes! Yes, I just

I need some time to think.

Go to my quiet place,
and listen to my heart.

-It's him.

I chased him for twelve blocks,

and I lost him in Chinatown.

KO, for all we know,
that guy could have had a knife

or a gun, you could have

seriously been hurt!

I'm a bouncer, Katy.

I'm a pro at handling
these types of situations.

Except for tonight, apparently.


I'm not going to let
anyone ruin this for you.

I'm going to get that ring back,

and I'm going to
make this right.


it's been a long one,
I'm going to head to my place

-give you some space

-to think about stuff.
-No, it's late.

Just stay here.

Spend the night.

Every Sunday,
when I was a little girl,

my mom used to take me
to the Little Red Lighthouse.

She said it was
our secret spot.

Now, it's where I come
to escape the city

and get a little quiet time.

Hi, Mom.

If you can hear me,

just give me a sign.

What do I say to KO?

No, no, no, I said Louboutin,
not Louis Vuitton.


Katy, where in Goyard's name
are you?

You fired me, remember?

I don't have time
for your bad attitude, Katy

I need you here at Lacy's,
right away.

-And I won't ask twice.

Oh OK.

Oh, Jorge...

-I have the rent.

Ooh, where's the rest of it?

It's supposed to be a thousand.

Right, and divided by three.

No, sis, a thousand's
your share.

Which is a steal
for this neighborhood.

OK, well, I have my first shift
at Plunkin' Donuts today.

I'll ask for more hours.

It's NYC, babes,
You gotta hustle to stay afloat.

Why else do you think
I work at the bodega

the bar
in between auditions?

Hello, Ms. Smith.

Good morning.

Good morning, Ms. Smith.

Enjoy the rest of your day,

and please let me know
if you need anything else.

Good morning, Ms. Smith.

I love your hair today, Didi.

You better. I used that
twisting gel you gave me.

I've got a car for you
out front. Where to?

Café des Créatifs, please.

Big meeting?

The biggest, Didi.

Today I get one step closer
to my dreams.

-Hi. Good morning, Mick.
-Hey, hey, Katy

-Is this you?


"Proposal, Interrupted"?

Pepper's column.

You're the talk of the town,

Everyone wants to know
what you're gonna say!

Katy! So glad you could join us.

What's she doing here?

We have a very special client

returning today,
Prince Errol Swoon,

and I need every one
of my girls at the ready.

Even when they're tabloid trash?

Gloria, my morning meeting
with Francois is about to start.

-He's my boss now.
-Don't be ridiculous, Katy.

The Personal Shopping department

will always be home for you.

Gloria, if I may,
I think we can let Katy

go play dress up
with the mannequins,

while we cater
to the A-listers.

Great. Can I go now?

No, you cannot.

The prince's team called,
and they

specifically requested you,

You made an impression
on the prince

and we don't want
to disappoint him.

Off we go.

OK. So, should I
start pulling some clothes?

Any specific requests?

Not clothes, Katy,
engagement rings.

Prince Errol is planning to ask
that pauper, Patricia Klein,

for her hand in marriage.

This is Lacy's chance

to take part in
a royal engagement.

Now, let's select
the perfect ring

and make sure Patricia
says yes, shall we?

Great, because I am
so good at proposals.

I think this one says

"royal cover of Vanity Flair."

Francois, I am so sorry!
Gloria called me in early

Not off to a good start,
you missed the morning meeting.

I'll make it up to you.
I'll wash windows,

work the night shift,
whatever you need.

I need you to pull
some options for me.

Dior, de la Renta, Vera,
that new Comme Des Filles.

Doesn't have to be white,
but think "Happily Ever After."

What you would you wear
to your dream wedding.

Wait, what did you say?

We're doing a bridal window,

Right. Yes, of course. Bridal.

I'll let it slide for today,

but, you're going to have to
make a choice, Katy

Me or Gloria.

Another impossible choice.

How wonderful.



Did you see this?

I'm actually gonna take a break
from Broadway.

Break? What do you mean break?

I'm just
I'm tired of being told no.


Do you know how many times
I had to audition

to be a Rockette
before I got the job?

And not once did I think
of giving up.

-You know what your problem is?

You spend all that time
at that bar

when you should be
taking classes

at the Broadway Dance Center.

-Here we go...
-Mijo, why do you work there?

What is so special
about that place?

You're right.
You know, I'll do it.

I'm gonna audition.
It's my job.

-That's right it's your job.
-Thanks, Ma.

Close your eyes...

and imagine this

An art gallery.

Black box theater.

Live music venue.



All behind one exclusive door.

I want to open
the modern day version

of Andy Warhol's Factory

The Pepper Plant.

A place where emerging artists

can collide and collaborate
and... party.

-I love a party.

In fact, wanna do some coke
in the bathroom?

What is this, the eighties?

I'm offering you
a serious opportunity, here.

Your backing could help produce

the greatest art
of this generation.

-How much are we talking?

Eight million dollars.

Location is everything,
especially in this city.

Lock that down and we can talk.

As a matter of fact,
I already have a place in mind.



Are you still hiring?
I saw the sign in the window.

Shoot, kid,

I should have taken
that sign down months ago.

Are you sure you couldn't use
an extra set of hands?

I'm a really hard worker.

And I just moved here
from Riverdale.

-Rough town.
-Yeah, well

No one's gonna shop lift from
you while I'm on the job.

-That's a fact.

I just
I need to be around music.

I guess I could use a little

youthful idealism around here.

Really? Thank you, sir!

People call me Chubby.

Josie McCoy.

Next up is...

Jorge Lopez.

Let's start with thirty seconds
of movement.

Just give us your
best Jellicle cat,

and then we'll hear your song.

All right.

That's going to be enough.

You can go.

I'm so sorry,

did I do something wrong?

Yes, actually, you did.

We heard all about
your violent outburst

during your

You threw shade at
a Tony Award-winning-director

who also happens to be
a close friend of mine.

I don't tolerate disrespect

and I don't want you in my show.

I'm blacklisted?!

Not exactly.

Blowing off a director
has consequences.

-Look, I know I
-I can't represent you.

I know I messed up and I

I know I haven't
booked anything.

I'm owning all of that.

But I need you to give me
another chance.

All right.

They're seeing people
for the historical rap

On Broadway? That's huge.

I'll submit you,

but none of your antics.

And tone it down.
This is a family show.

This is a six carat,
flawless emerald-cut diamond.

Very Grace Kelly.

Sorry, I just

I can't seem to make up my mind.

Take all the time you need.

You are about to pop
a life-changing question.

What if she says no?

I-I am so sorry. I don't know
why I just asked you that.

It's quite all right.

I'm hoping the perfect ring
will seal the deal.

Besides, who would say no
to a prince?

Will you try this on for me
so I can see how it looks?

May I?

-Of course she will. Katy?


Ancient Egyptians
believed circles

were a symbol of eternity

and were worn on the fourth
finger of the left hand

because it was believed
there was a vein,

Vena Amoris,

which ran directly to the heart.

So, do you think that

Patricia will like this?

It's close, but not quite right.

You do custom rings, don't you?

Absolutely. We have
the finest in-house jewelers.

Well, I think Katy knows
what Patricia likes. Don't you?

Why don't you
design something for us?

I would love to.

Oh, Gloria.
If that's OK with you?

Why not? I'll talk to
our goldsmith right away

and make arrangements.


Thanks for meeting me
on your break.

Ever since that day
at the studio,

I've been wanting
to explain myself.

There isn't currently a record
label at Cabot Entertainment,

but there used to be one.

My dad said I could reboot it,

get back to our roots,

if I found the right artist.

Mm, which clearly isn't me,

according to your
Cruella DeVil sister

Forget about Xandra.

I've been listening to
the demo we recorded,

and I think I know
where we went wrong.

Last I checked,
you thought it was perfect.

Then your sister critiques it,

and now you're saying
it's wrong?

What about standing by
your work and believing in it?

We made something good.

I think I can make it
even better.

I booked us some studio time.

What do you say?

As much as I'd love
to play pop star with you,

I've got bills to pay.

And my break's almost over.

I'd love to do something
that honors my family,

but Patricia's, too.

My grandmother had a ruby.



It's OK, he's with me.

Hi. What are you doing here?

I came by to see if you wanted
to grab a bite on your break.

Why are you wearing that ring?

I was just helping Prince Errol,

and he wanted to see
what it looked like,

so I tried it on and, um...

Oh, now it seems to be stuck.

Hi, there. So sorry about that.

My guys can get a bit intense.

Prince Errol,
this is KO Kelly, my

I'm Katy's boyfriend.

Caught between
the rock on my finger

and a hard place.

You sure you don't need to
get your eyes checked?

Just in case you were blinded

by that giant rock
on your finger.

Please, it was garish
and obnoxious,

and so not me. I prefer
sweet and understated.

What's wrong? Is everything OK?

It's my mom.

She wanted to throw us an
engagement dinner tonight

and she's not taking no
for an answer.

Then we'll go.

Katy, I talked to my mom

after she read
the article in the paper.

She just assumed
that you said yes, and

I didn't correct her.
She would have freaked out.

I'm sorry. I know you're
taking time to think

No, I get it.

And I still want to
go to dinner.

I promise it won't be awkward.

Your family is my family, right?


OK, Mr. Lopez...

whenever you're ready.

How many square feet
did you say?

Thirty five hundred.

Hmm. Looks smaller.

Have people been squatting here?

Is that blood?

I can assure you,
no one's living here,

or has been stabbed.

We'd have to do more
clean up than I thought,

hire security, but

I'll take it.

-For eighteen thousand.
- Ms. Smith,

it's a firm 25k a month.

I know my clients,

they won't budge.

Hmm, I know your clients, too.

I also happen to know

that they're going through
a gruesome divorce,

with infidelities on both sides.

Now, I'm not sure
if you're aware,

but I write a gossip column
for the Daily Hail.

So, let's try this again,
shall we?

How's eighteen a month?

OK, um, Aretha

OK, Aretha, Aretha

If I were Aretha,
pre-Columbia Records,

where would I be?

Yay! Whoo!

Ah! So, when are we going
shopping for wedding dresses?

Yeah, soon!

Come in!


Oh, you know,
if it were up to me,

I would have thrown you two
a proper engagement party.

This was exactly how
I wanted to celebrate.

Hey, I heard that

the Cosgroves,
from down the block,

are putting their house
on the market.

Just something to think about
after you're married.

This is an excellent
neighborhood to raise kids.


I've known you a long time,

I know when something's wrong.

There's nothing wrong, I'm fine.


I wish your mom was here, too.

She would have loved
to see you kids get married.

You know, she thought
KO was a prince.

My mom always did have
good taste, didn't she?


Hey, oh

I've got something for you.


It was my mother's.

I tried offering it to KO,

but he wanted to save up,
buy his own

He's so proud, that kid.


This is stunning! I

Oh, Katy, I

I know I could never
take the place of your mother,

but you've always been
like a daughter, to me.

I've been hoping

that a day would come
when I could offer this to you.

June, thank you.

I just I can't accept this.

Oh. Well, I'll hold onto it
until you're ready.

They say New York
is always loud,

always bustling,
always in motion.

But, once in awhile,
the noise tapers off,

things slow down a bit,
everyone else fades away.

And then, all of a sudden,

it's quiet enough
to listen to your heart.

That night,
waiting for the bus,

with KO
sleeping next to me,

I felt it,
the truth of my heart.

I loved this man,

but that only
made my choice harder.

The three diamond arrangement

symbolizes the past,
present and future

of your partnership.

Now, for the main stone,

we have sourced a flawless

three carat diamond from Russia,
where Patricia's family is from.

And for the two smaller stones,

I was thinking that
we could pull

from your family's
collection of jewels.

What do you think?

I love it. This is it.

Let's have it made right away.

With this ring,
how can she say no?

Thank you.

Watching you
work with the prince,

I must admit you have...
a way with clients,

a certain... quality,
which can't be taught.

That is why I'd like to welcome
you back to my department.

As one of my girls.

Wow, Gloria

I'm flattered, but

Even though
I helped you with Errol,

I officially work
for Francois now.

I can't leave him high and dry

I will have a talk
with Francois, myself.

We can work out an arrangement
where you can split your time

between departments. That way,
you don't have to make a choice.

Not the reaction
I was expecting.

Sorry, Gloria, it's not about
your offer, it's

It's just about KO.

Your hunk from the Hail?

What am I doing? You don't
want to hear about my problems.

my expertise is fashion, not

feelings, but

Maybe I can help, Katy.

What's the situation?


I have yet to respond
to his proposal.

And, I

I've been searching the depths
of my soul for my answer...

and last night
I finally found it.

I love KO.

But that makes this
so much harder, because

I don't want to marry him.

But I also,
I don't want to lose him.

Or worst of all,
I don't want to hurt him.

So I just, I don't
I don't really know what to do.

You have to tell him the truth.

Even if that means losing him.

And hurting him.


Clean yourself up
before a client sees you.

Hello Hello? Uh, yeah.

This is Jorge.


I-I-I totally understand.

Thank you, very much,
for your call.

OK, bye.


I got it.


! I knew it!

-I knew it! Mwah! Yes!

Oh, but, Mommy, they don't
want me for the Broadway show,

only for the tour,
it's non-equity.

That's OK. I was on the road
Starlight Express

before you were born,
for over a year.

It was the best year of my life.

Come on, this is a good thing!

It's a good thing!
You should be happy!

There it is

A complete inventory
of the store

organized by artist
and by genre.

Did you know that you have

a rare first pressing
Pet Sounds?


We'll need it
to cover closing costs.

I lost a four year battle
with my landlord.

We got two weeks to clear out.

Well, that can't be happening.

I mean

This place has so much history!

You know what maybe
we could get it declared
as a city landmark.

Look around, kid.

New York isn't
what it used to be.

Every day, another historical
landmark disappears.

Kim's Videos, CBGB,
The Ziegfeld.

And for what?
Another Total Foods?

If you have to start looking
for another gig...

I'll understand.

Didi, fantastic news!

I secured the warehouse
for The Pepper Plant.

Order us a bottle of champagne
up to my room so we can

Pepper, the manager tried
to charge the card
that you have on file,

but it was declined again.

I'm cash poor, Di. I just paid
the rent deposit on my space.

Just tell Dmitri
I will wire him the money

from Hong Kong in a couple days.

He's deactivated your key card.
You're locked out of the room

until you pay your bill All
sixty thousand dollars of it.

OK, here's three
hundred dollars.
Get my laptop, get my bags.

I will text you an address
where to bring them.

And don't worry, Didi,
I know it's not your fault.

To Pepper!

Champagne! How decadent.

-I really shouldn't have.
-Girl, you deserve it.

You have been on the hunt
for a space for over a year.

Well, now can I know
what the project is?

where artists like you

like all of us
can come together

and make magic.

If I can convince enough
stinky rich people to invest.

They will. I mean,
who doesn't want to be a part

of what makes New York magic?

A lot of people, apparently.

Chubby's Record Shop
is closing next week.

That is criminal.

You know what
Chubby's Record Shop needs,

is someone who can save it.

Like Lin-Manuel saved
The Drama Book Shop.


I do know one
rich and famous person.

But that would mean getting
entangled with the Cabots.

Ooh, child, entangle me

-in Alex Cabot any day.

Yeah, well, those siblings

are more drama than
Cheryl and Jason Blossom,

and one of them died.


Hey, you know,
maybe it's worth the risk.

If it all goes to hell,

at least I have you guys.

Never leave me.

Ooh, uh, I think that's my cue.

I'm leaving New York.

-What did I just say?

-I booked the role.

the touring company.

And who knows,
after a year or two,

you know, maybe,
if I do a good job,

it could lead to a role in
the Broadway production.

I can't say no to that. Right?

Even if it means
leaving you guys

and leaving New York.

I gotta do it.


I am so happy for you.

But didn't we just
talk Katy into staying?

I thought New Yorkers
never left New York!

When When is this happening?

Bus leaves tomorrow.

Jorge, as much as I
dread seeing you go,

may I, please,
sublet your room while you're

-I know, I'm sorry

A pipe burst
in my room at The Palace.

-She's all yours, Loca.
-Thank you!

And tonight is Ginger's last
Molly's Crisis,

if you guys wanna join?

-Wouldn't miss it.
-Of course.

Yes, of course.


Say it ain't so.

Is this really Ginger's
farewell show?

Mm-hmm. I booked

-I leave tomorrow.
-In that case, can I have your

Beyoncé "Crazy in Love" wig?

Hedda Lettuce, I love you girl,

but the wigs are coming with me.

Ginger's gonna be
the fiercest tornado

the Midwest has ever seen,

-Oh, no, she ain't.
-Whatchu mean?

Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Queens like us
aren't exactly welcome there.

Well, I hope you've done
your spring cleaning,

'cause Ginger's going
right back into the closet.


-Hi. Thanks, Alex.

-I'm really glad you came out.
-I'm glad you called.

So, I've been thinking a lot
about what you said

about your family's roots,
and how you love music.

Have you ever been to Chubby's
Record Shop in Alphabet City?

Well, of course.
It's a classic.

The owner just found out
they're tripling his rent,

so it's closing.

Another New York original
bites the dust.

Unless someone
steps in to save it.

Well, let me see what I can do.

All right?

What's wrong, what is it?

I was doing my thing
out there,

and I'm looking at you

I just came undone.

Is this about the tour?

It's just, ever since
I was a little kid,

I just wanted to be
on Broadway, you know.

And then if I'm going to
give everything up

you guys, my life in New York,

it's got to be for something
that's really worthwhile.

You know?

Not some bus and truck tour.

I did think it sounded
a tad shoddy.

I just feel like
I'd be running away.

You know, like I'm
taking the easy way out.

That just ain't me.

And it definitely ain't Ginger.

That bitch has gotten me
through thick and thin, and I

I just can't give up on her now.

I gotta stay.

-Thank God!

What am I gonna tell my mom?

Oh, Pep,
I promised you my room.

Don't give it a second thought,

I'll just check into my
usual suite at The Waldorf.



-What is it?
-They caught him.

The Alphabet City Bandit.

I'm gonna go to the station

and see if they found your ring
on the guy. You wanna come?

I can't. I promised Francois
I'd work the overnight shift

and help him finish the window.

No problem.
I'll let you know how it goes.

-Fingers crossed?

Yeah, fingers crossed.

What are you going
to say to your man

if he gets that ring back

Gloria's right.

I have to be honest, I have to

tell KO that I don't
want to marry him.

You don't think
you'll ever want to?

Yeah, maybe...

one day, just

not right now.

I say, if you're uncertain
about something in life,

you have to run towards it,
not away. You know?

Yes and no aren't
the only answers, Katy.

Isn't there a middle ground
to explore?

And isn't he worth
a little risk?

Papi, go get a bag, take some
for your bus ride.

Mama, I'm not going.

-I called the producers

and I told them
I'm not gonna take the job.

Papi, what's keeping you here?

Everything. It's

It's my friends, it's my family.

Everything I want to accomplish
is here, in New York.

Mommy, you told me
always listen to my heart

Verdad, mi corazón

and not run away when
things get hard, well

My heart is telling me
I have to stay.

Mommy, you have to trust me.

Of course, I trust you.


Josie, Josie, Josie.

From the second you walked
in, I knew you were an angel.

Aw, Chubby, no. I am not
the one who saved the store.

Thanks, Alex. I mean,
you really came through.

Hey, it's a privilege
to be part of this.

And I promise you
both of you

that I'll keep the integrity
of this place intact.

I don't want
this place to change.

And, maybe...

on your days off...

you can get back in the studio.


Do a little more recording?

-Maybe, sure, we'll see.

Xandra, what are you doing here?

I'm here to survey
our latest acquisition.

Now, normally
I wouldn't go in for retail,

but I'll admit,
it's a good block.

'Course, we'll have to sell
something with better margins,

Don't you dare
mess with this place.

Excuse me,


just who do you think you are?

Alexandra Cabot.

And as the Senior VP
of Cabot Entertainment,

I'm the new owner
of this establishment.

Hello, this is Pepper Smith
calling for Chad Gekko, again.

It's very important
that I speak to him.

Chad was arrested
for drug possession.

He no longer works here.

Is there someone else at
the bank that I might speak to?

He promised me an investment.

Yeah, that's not gonna happen.

Didi, thank you!
It's been a day.

Yeah, you're telling me.

I barely got this stuff

through the service exit
without being seen.

Dmitri called the cops.

He's faxing your picture
to every hotel in town.

I'll pay the bill,
I just need a little time.

-So, this is it?

This is what you
sacrificed everything for?

You'll see Didi.

In a couple of months,
this place will be legendary.

And in the meantime,

let's christen the place.

Thanks for meeting me here.

I really appreciate
all the time and space

you've given me to think.


here's what I've come up with.

KO, I love you.

But we're too young
to get married.

And I also feel like we missed
a step in our relationship.

A pretty important step
that we should take together

before we go all in.


KO Kelly...

will you move in with me?


Yeah, of course
I'll live with you, Katy.

I can't wait to wake up
next to you every morning.

In that moment, kissing KO

under the George Washington

I convinced myself that
I had made the right decision

and it would lead to our own
"Happily Ever After."

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