Ordinary Joe (2021–…): Season 1, Episode 11 - Calling an Audible - full transcript

Music Joe is invited to sing the national anthem at the Giants game. Cop Joe bonds with a new friend over their shared love of football. Nurse Joe and Jenny each get a win of their own.

Announcer: Previously, on
"Ordinary Joe"...

Lucas is gonna need a blood tr

and you are an ideal match.

Why... why would I
be an ideal match?

You're his
biological father.

How long did it take you
to make these zipper pants?

Maybe two days.

How fast could you make
three... dozen pairs?

So we're on the same page.

Did we just agree
to adopt a kid?

Just so we're on
the same page.

♪ The story's unanswered
until it's begun for you ♪

both: ♪ Soldier on,
soldier on ♪

Out of all people
in the world,

Joe Kimbreau chose me.

Real cool.

The adoption agency
reached out.

Zeke wants to meet us.

All right.


- Hi.
- Hi. I'm... I'm Joe.

You can say...
You can say anything.

- I'm pregnant.
- It's Bobby's.

Atlanta, shoot.

Oh, I'm still
in the doghouse with Professor H

for missing
that filing deadline,

but I think
I can turn it around.

I mean,
it's too important not to.

Don't psych yourself out,

- Dad.
- Yeah.

- Dad!
- Someone sounds excited.

What's going on?

- I don't know.
- Let me put you on speaker.

The Adaptive Innovators Expo
accepted our application.

- What's that?
- That's amazing.

It's the expo for
the disability community, Mom.

All the best new products
are introduced there.


Which means we need to make
a lot more zipper pants.

- Stat.
- How many is a lot?

A lot.

We don't need a bigger car.

- Ow. Ow!
- You know what?

You need a bigger car.

Well, if we had gotten
the nicer car seat...

We don't need a bigger car

and we don't need a more
expensive car seat, baby.

Aren't cops supposed to know
how to install these car seats?

I guess I was absent

the day they taught that
at the academy.

Can you hire someone
to do this properly?

Yes, but that
would cost money,

and Professor Penny Pincher
over here

wants to do it all on his own.

- Car seat, swaddles, cribs.
- It all adds up.

Yeah, you smile
but you're gonna be having

the same argument in no time.

- Dude, stop.
- [phone chiming, buzzing]

Okay, enough forcing people
to have babies.

Seriously, Joe,
I'm gonna need you to catch up

'cause my QB son,
he's gonna need a wide receiver

- in Pop Warner just like...
- Hey, Eric.

I think I'm gonna have to bail

on watching the game tomorrow
with you and Frank.

- What?
- No, it's the Giants.

We celebrate together
and we suffer together.

That was Jenny.

She just invited us
over tomorrow for the game.

That'd be nice.

I guess I'm gonna be watching
the game with my son.

♪ Was it all in your head ♪

♪ At all, at all ♪

♪ I've been without you ♪

♪ I've been
without you ♪

- Hey, Frank.
- Oh, Jesus.

Hey, Amy.

Frank, wait.

Look, I don't know
how much Joe's told you.

Yeah, I know something's
going on with you two,

but I don't know the details,
and I don't want to.

Look, Joe hasn't
been home, right?

He doesn't answer my calls.

I just really need
to talk to him.

Well, now is not really
a great time because, you know,

he's in a creative bubble,
and you know how he gets.

Yeah, I know.

I'm usually in
that bubble with him.

- Please?
- Yeah.

Let me see what I can do.

But just wait here, okay?

♪ Without you ♪

- Whoo!
- [applause]

Nice. All right, guys,
take a minute, okay?

- What'd you think, buddy?
- Great.

- Right?
- Hey.

So what do you think?
Do we have a single?

- Totally.
- That song rocks.

- Thank you.
- Hey, yeah. Great hook.

But you should play the
chorus, like, two more times.

- That's smart.
- This kid knows his stuff.

And you could have
really cool lighting effects,

- like lasers.
- Lasers?

That's perfect.
I love it.

- Lasers?
- Yes.

Lasers? Joe, can we...

Hey, don't go anywhere, okay?

We're gonna... we're gonna
keep playing, all right?

I don't understand.

What happened to the barstool
and acoustic tour?

I'm calling an audible, okay?

Scratch the whole

touchy-feely acoustic thing.

- All that work.
- The new songs are...


I want big. I want fun.

I want full band,
arenas, light show.

We can't just magically
build you a new stage

and rebook bigger venues.

- Keep the theaters.
- Add arenas. Do what you do.

Is this about you and Amy?

- No. No.
- This is about my band.

This is about being on the road
with my music family, okay?

All right, you guys ready?
Let's jump back in.

- You guys are gonna like this.
- [quietly] Hey, kid.

Amy's outside.
She wants to talk to you.

I told you
I don't want to see her.


- All right, let's go.
- Two, three, four.

[light upbeat music]

[♪ ♪]


I've not done one thing.

You know... yes, we have had
coffee a couple times

and we went on a walk,

but James and I
are just friends, so...

Please, we saw you two
at the tribute concert.

He is cute.
Go for it.

- He is cute.
- Have dinner with him.

- Oh, forget that.
- Have sex with him.

[gasps, laughter]

- Okay, everybody.
- Calm down.

Look, and you have
to take down Chris's flag case.

The pictures, all that stuff.
If I can do it, you can.

I'm not just gonna
throw it all in a box.

That's not what she's saying.

Just put them some place
where it's not the first thing

you see every time you walk
in and out of the house.

- It's been 20 years, Gwen.
- It's time to move on.

- Mm-hmm.
- Hey, y'all.

[all speaking at once]

Hey, Joe. Your mom's
got something to tell you.


[laughs] Um...

you remember James Lamson?

You know, you met him
at the tribute concert.

Yeah, of course. Your friend
from City Conservatory.

Yeah. Well, I was thinking

of inviting him over
for dinner.

Tomorrow night.

- Oh.
- Mm-hmm.

- Would you like to join us?
- Uh, is it a date?

Uh, well, it's just dinner.

No, it's a date
and you're not invited.

- That's okay.
- I have plans anyway.

I'm gonna be watching
the Giants game,

but you do you.

So where were we?

Oh, yeah.
Have sex with him.

- Ahh.
- [laughs]

- Hey, you want big?
- Get ready for big.

I just scored you
the national anthem

at the Giants game tomorrow.

MetLife Stadium.
Sunday Night Football.

America and Joe Kimbreau
the beautiful.

There's no way
that I'm gonna do...

- I know. I know.
- I know going to a game

is triggering for you
because of 9/11,

but if you want to launch your
tour in a huge way, this is it.

Your last image on Twitter is
of you crying on Thanksgiving.

Which is why diving straight
into my core wound

on live television
isn't a great follow-up.

Frank, help me out here.

I haven't been to a game
in 20 years.

I'm not about to start now.
If I want to honor my brother,

I'll do it at an AA meeting
in the basement of a church.

But you knock
yourself out, Joe.

- Thanks, Frank.
- The Giants?

Why wouldn't you want
to do that?

- It's super cool.
- Yeah, what?

It's complicated, okay?

It has to do with my dad.

- He didn't like the Giants?
- No, he loved the Giants.

He used to take me
to the season opener

every year when I was a kid.

- Sounds like an awesome dad.
- He was.

So he would want you to go.

- I'll tell you what.
- I'll do it if you'll do it.

Me, sing the national anthem

in front of 80,000 people?

- Yeah, you.
- I want my TikTok buddy

up there with me

if it's okay
with your folks, of course.

Yeah. Yes. I mean, I want to.

It's okay, right? Mom? Dad?

That's a pretty big deal.

- I know.
- It's a huge deal.

Honey, I should... your dad
and I should talk first.

- They're worried about me.
- It's all they ever do.

- It's my job.
- I'm your mother.

They can come, right?

- Yeah, you kidding?
- You're all invited.

And we will make

whatever accommodations
are needed, right?

- Yeah.
- Fine. Yeah. You can do it.

- Yeah?
- Yes?

- Yes.
- I'll call Brandon Lambdin.

So where were those sliders?

This place is awful.

It's crazy
they're incarcerating a woman

for wanting her daughter
to go to a better school.

Well, that's why we're here.

[door beeps]

The interview room is small.

You stay here
with her daughter.

[door slams]

- Hi.
- Hi.

You know,
everything is gonna be okay.

- You don't know that.
- You're right.

But there are
a lot of smart people

trying to help your mom.

So hopefully
she'll be back home soon.

Are you one
of the lawyers too?

I'm trying to be.

I sort of messed some things up

so I'm... I'm kind of
being punished.

What did you do?

I incorrectly
filed a motion for...

I was late on my homework.


I miss my school.

Not the homework,
but my friends.

Yeah, I get that.

This is all my fault.

- No, it's not.
- It's a dumb law,

and hopefully, your mom's case
will help change it.

- No, it's...
- I never should have talked

to that guy at the shelter.

- What guy?
- One of the lawyers?

No, I told him about school,

and now my mom's in prison.

- When did this happen, honey?
- I shouldn't have said that.

Please don't tell anybody.

I don't want my mom
to get in more trouble.

I'm not gonna
let that happen.

- Thanks for coming
- Hey, I'm glad you called.

Obviously, Joe told me
what's going on.

I'm sure you're upset
with me.

I'm very upset.

I'm kind of sick about it,
but I'm also your mother-in-law

- and I... I still love you.
- I'm sorry.

I just... this is not the way
it was supposed to happen.

I know, honey.

But that doesn't mean
this baby isn't a blessing.


Thank you.
I don't know what to do.

You know,
he's completely shut me out,

and I have no idea
how to get through.

- Well, he's like his dad.
- He compartmentalizes.

- He's stubborn. He's...
- Defensive. He's immobile.

All of that.

But I don't care what he says
or doesn't say.

- Joe needs you.
- I need him.

Okay, so he's singing
the national anthem

at the Giants game tomorrow.

You know that's gonna
be hard for him.

- No, I can't.
- You should be there.

I can't.

If Joe wanted me there,
he would have asked me himself.

- I can't just show up there.
- You can and you should.

And I say this with love, Amy,
but this is on you.

This is how you fix a marriage.

One of you shows up.

Yeah, what if I'm the only
one that's fighting?

Oh, honey. Aww.

Being the wife of a rockstar
does have its perks.

Amy Kindelán wears designer clot
that cost as muchas a fireman's

Amy Kindelán lives
in a $10 million loft.

In another borough.

Those are Amy Kindelán's

My name is Regina Diaz,
and I approve this message.

How often is this airing?

Every day after
every local newscast.

She's really milking
the kids thing

and the widow thing.

Not sure how to combat this.

Yeah, well,
there's something else.

Look, I gotta tell you

It's definitely not gonna
make our job any easier.

- I just heard...
- Dude, no.

I don't want to talk about it.

Well, Joe,
I know this is scary, man.

We've been trying to have
a baby for three years.

She sleeps with him once
and they get pregnant?

- Okay, okay. Look, look.
- I love you both

and I want you both to be happy
whatever that means, Joe.

If it means that you're gonna
work it out, then great.

If it means that you want
to walk away, I got you, man.

Look, I'm learning
that there's maybe more

than just one "the one."

And either way, buddy,

you gotta know this is
gonna be really, really hard.

When I wrote "Away You Go",
I wrote it in five minutes.

It was effortless.
It just happened.

It wasn't hard.

The good songs never come

when you force them, Eric.

- That's not true.
- That's not true.

Look, you remember we went

to the Billy Joel signing
at Tower Records.

He said that some
of those songs,

they flow like nothing,
but some of the best songs,

they only come
when he centers himself

and he does the hard work.

[soft music]

[♪ ♪]

I can't believe you just
played the Billy Joel card.

- It's "Turnstiles," man.
- "Turnstiles."

[♪ ♪]


This is so cool.

Dad, can I go check out
some of the booths?

- Of course.
- Yeah.

All right, pick your pattern.

Kinsley, dad bod, okay?

I think this plan
might backfire.

It's marketing 101.

Using your product
says you believe in it.

I don't know. Listen...

Hey, someone need
some muscle?

- Hey! Oh, just in time.
- Oh.

- Joe.
- Hey.

- This is my boyfriend, Xander.
- How are you doing, man?

- This is Chris's dad.
- Yeah.

- Oh, hey.
- Yeah, where is Chris?

I heard so much about him.

He's taking in the gak,
you know, before

he has to stand behind
the booth with his old man.

- Yeah, sure.
- Oh, thank you.

- Are you sticking around?
- Are you gonna...

- You're gonna help us out?
- Yeah, man, whatever you need.

You know, I've heard so much
about you guys.

You are all Kinsley
talks about, you know?

- Well, you and these pants here.
- Yeah.

Okay. All right.

Where is the men's room?

'Cause you gotta
wear the merch.

- Marketing 101.
- Okay.

You know what?
You've inspired me, okay?

- Let's wear the merch.
- All right.

- Let's do this.
- Let's do it.

You're cramming for the game
like it's the SATs.

Babe, Lucas doesn't care.

Have you met our son?

All Lucas knows is that Joe
is a friend of the family.

That's it.
Be yourself.

Okay, help me memorize
the offensive line.

Okay, all you need to know
is Saquon Barkley.

- Is that with a Q or...
- Saquon Barkley.

Hey, have you seen Dad's hat?

- Which hat?
- His lucky Giants hat?

Check the basement.

- I did.
- It's not there, and I need it.

You haven't mentioned it
in ages, and all of a sudden

you need it to watch a game
with Frank and Eric?

No, I'm not watching the game
with Frank and Eric.

I'm watching it with Lucas,
and I thought that...

That maybe I would give him
the hat.

- Oh.
- What are you wearing?

Excuse me?

I bought this special
for my date.

Why? What's wrong with it?

- Nothing. Nothing.
- You look great.

Is this about me
having a date?

What? No.

Don't I deserve companionship
and to be happy?

I'm more than just your mom.

- Yeah, okay. Have fun.
- No, no, no.

You have something to say,
say it.

You have a problem
with my dating.

That's obvious.
Say it.

- You took down his plaque.
- You moved his flag.

It's like you're trying
to erase him.

I'm just trying
to live my life.

Enjoy your date.


Welcome to the Giants
versus the Vikings,

and tonight, we have Joe Kimbrea
singing our national anthem.

Joe, you okay?

- Yeah.
- Yeah, I'm fine.

You know,
I do this for a living.

You know what I mean.

Your dad?

I know this is kind of
hallowed ground.

- I'm good. Really.
- This is a long time coming.


And I'm not doing it alone.

Hey, how are you guys doing?
Thanks for being here.

- Good to see you.
- Thank you so much.

- Thank you.
- How are you doing?

- Great.
- Are you nervous?

Yeah, a little bit.

You can hold my hand
if you want.

- You know what?
- I might take you up on that.

Yeah, let's do this.

- Rock and roll, baby.
- [chuckles]

[distant cheering]

What... what are we
doing wrong here?

It's all about
the foot traffic.

- Wikipedia.
- And we have none.

No, we don't.

You know,
one of my first jobs was

spinning signs
for a jewelry store

at intersections.

We just need
an attention grabber.

- Some flash.
- Yeah, flash. I like that.

What do you think, buddy?

- Can Dad do a little flash?
- Please, no.

Chris, what do you think?

What about
my Victor Cruz salsa?

- What if I just do...
- No. Dad.

Oh, I'm sorry, ma'am.

- I got a call, give me a sec.
- Hello?

- You're not helping.
- Zipper pants.


- [device dings]
- So much for her.

Whoa, we just got an order
for ten pairs.

Hey, maybe someone
saw the dance.

It's working.

- Oh, wait. Nope.
- It's just Grandma.

I don't think that counts.

Of course it counts.

Plus, it's a good omen.
Gwen's gonna rock that look.

Yeah, Grandma will do good.

I don't know about
ten pairs but...

Hey, sorry, that was my boss.

He actually just invited me
to the Giants game.

- Luxury box.
- That's amazing.

- Go!
- Wow.

No, no, no.

It's an opportunity
to impress.

- Yeah, it's cool, okay?
- I promised I'd help you.

This is more important.
And he's already impressed.

You did help me.

Plus, these two are some of
the biggest Giants fans around.

They get it.

- You sure?
- If you go now,

you can probably make it
before kickoff.

All right, I'll go,
but I'm not gonna like it.


All right, Kimbreaus,
I'm out.

- Chris.
- Later, X-man.

Dad, I'm gonna need my lucky
hat before the game starts.

Yeah, yeah, yeah,
you're right.

And you know what, bud?

Maybe it'll bring us
some good juju.

Ooh. Sweet lid.

- It was my grandfather's.
- Go, Jints!

- Go, Jints.
- Go, Jints.

We have options.

Fried green tomato sandwich
with sweet red pepper,

or hoisin oxtail
with roasted bok choy.

Oh, that's so nice of you.

But honestly, all I've been
craving lately is

- peanut butter and jelly.
- I... I can do that.

I can do that.
Yes, of course.

- Crust? No crust?
- Actually, I'm good.

I just... I want to say
thank you so much

for meeting with us.

I can't explain to you
how much this means.

Well, I just loved
your application.

Loved it.

Your story about kid-sitting
your friend's son

and watching "Goonies"
on a loop.

That's our godson,

He's one of the reasons

why we're adopting
in the first place.

[phone ringing]

- Sorry about that.
- I'm meeting some more couples.

But I loved you on paper
before I even met you,

and I think we'll be
talking again very soon.

Oh, I am gonna make you
that PB&J.

$2,000 for a crib.

That's definitely nicer
than the last one.

- See, Frank's on my side.
- You both know that...

That babies in Finland,
they sleep in cardboard boxes.

Okay. Well, I'm gonna
go grab another soda.

You want to charge me
for that Mr. Scrooge?

- Thanks, baby.
- You could've had my back.

You know this isn't
about some crib, right?

Mal is just nervous
about becoming a mom.

There are things in this world
you can't control,

especially when you have kids.

She just wants to make it
as perfect

as possible for your boy.

That's pretty wise
for an old man.

Well, you're pretty old
for a wise ass.

Speaking of,
where's Tweedle Dum?

Joe is not coming.

Something came up.

- Yeah, whatever.
- Giants lose, it's on him.

He can ruin their year just
the same as he ruined mine.

Okay, first of all,
the Giants do not need any help

in ruining their season.

And Joe is not your problem,
all right?

That is.

You really care, you want
to fix things with Joe,

you'll get off your ass,
Frank, and get off the sauce.

I already had a dad,

so you can practice your
parenting on somebody else.

- I try.
- I know.

- Come in. Come in.
- Look who's here.

Who's ready to watch
Say-Say play-play?

- Hey, hey, hey.
- Big blue wrecking crew.

Thanks so much for having us.

- You want a beer?
- Yeah. Yeah, thanks.

I hope you guys
like Rice Krispie treats.

I made them
into little football shapes.

- Awesome!
- Thanks.

I never knew my mom
had such cool friends.

- Oh, thanks a lot.
- No, for real.

I mean, you never even
talked about Joe

before we saw him
at the reunion.

Well, yeah.

Well, your mom and I were
in the same dorm freshman year

so we just...
You know, we became...

- Buddies like you and Avery.
- Yeah. Yeah.

And I'm a big Giants fan,
so here we are.

- Cool.
- These are amazing.

- Oh, wow.
- That's cool.

Yeah, the insurance company
just approved it.

It only took three tries.

So who's ready for kickoff?

- You okay?
- Yeah.

Hey, it's so good
that you're here.

- Is it?
- Yeah.

Let's just hope Joe agrees.

- Hey, it's all gonna work out.
- You'll see.


- Hey
- Hi.

Is it... it's...

- I'm so excited.
- Ladies and gentlemen,

here to sing
our national anthem,

recording artist Joe Kimbreau.

I hope you guys don't mind.

I brought a good friend
with me out tonight.

TikTok star Zeke Turner.

[cheers and applause]
You ready?

♪ O say can you see

♪ By the dawn's early light ♪

♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪

♪ At the twilight's
last gleaming ♪

♪ Whose broad stripes
and bright stars ♪

♪ Through the perilous fight ♪

♪ O'er the ramparts
we watched ♪

♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪

♪ And the rocket's
red glare ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪

♪ Gave proof
through the night ♪

♪ That our flag
was still there ♪

both: ♪ O say does that ♪

♪ Star-spangled banner
yet wave ♪

♪ O'er the land
of the free ♪

♪ And the home of the brave

[cheers and applause]

- You were a natural up there.
- I mean, you didn't seem nervous

- Yeah, 'cause I was with you.
- Hey, look who I found.

Wow, you guys
really nailed it.

- Harry.
- Great to see you, 53.

We finally got you in there.

- Yeah.
- All right.

Well, this guy did.

I want you to meet
my good friend Zeke.

Zeke, this is Giants legend...

Oh, I know
who Harry Carson is.

Super Bowl Champ,
Hall of Famer,

Captain of the Big Blue
Wrecking Crew.

- Look at you.
- I'm really impressed.

Me and my dad rewatch
the '86 Super Bowl

at least once every year.


- It's an honor.
- It's my honor.

You guys want
to take a picture?

- Yeah, that's great.
- Thank you.

Excuse me.

Amy, what are you doing here?

Don't look at me that way.

She's your wife,
she should be here.


I'm here
'cause I care about you.

Look, I know what it took
for you

to get out on that field.

I'm proud of you.

Thank you.

And you! [Laughs]

You have such a great voice.
That was really amazing.

I bet that was
a lot of fun, huh?

Yeah, I wish I could sing
with Joe every day.

- [chuckles]
- That's cute.

Maybe you can.

How'd you like
to come on tour with me?

- Me come on tour with you?
- Yeah, come on tour with me.

Let's keep this thing going.

Whatever you
and your parents need,

I can take care of it.

We can perform together
every night.

You'd bring down the house.

- Yes, yes.
- Thank you.

Mom and Dad,
Joe just invited me on tour.

He did?

Of course,
if it's okay with you guys.

Wow, that is quite an offer.

Let's talk about this
after the game, buddy.

All right? Let's...
Let's go cheer on our Jints.

Come on. See you guys.

Are you sure about this?

[rhythmic clapping]

All: Let's go, Giants.
Let's go, Giants.

Let's go, Giants.

Let's go, Giants.

All: Let's go, Giants.
Let's go, Giants.

[knock at door]

You have something?

- Misty told me about a man.
- Who now?

Misty, our client's daughter.

She told me that a man
came to speak to her alone

at the homeless shelter

where she
and her mom were living.

I did some digging,
and it turns out

he was actually an investigator
the school district had hired.

He interviewed her
at the shelter

without her mother?

Yeah, and I've got his name
in the logins.

He totally violated
Marilyn and Misty's

Fourth Amendment rights.

His entire testimony
should have been inadmissible,

but instead,
it's the cornerstone

of the prosecution's case.


It's the last play
of the game.

The Giants, down by 6.

[continues speaking

[cheers and applause]

- Yes. Oh, baby!
- [laughing]

Oh, hello.

- Oh, amazing.
- [laughs]

I'm wearing them,
if you're curious.

- Oh.
- The back stays the same,

but the front switches out.

- Do they make them for girls?
- They're unisex.

What I have on now works
for school and stuff,

but if I'm going out
for a night on the town

I might switch
to the plaid ones

or something dope.

- Cool.
- Hey, sweetie.

- Hey, Dad.
- This is a great booth.

I think we should get
one of everything.

- You think so?
- Yeah.

- Yeah?
- Yeah.

Okay, you're the boss.

- It's true.
- Seriously?

- That's right.
- I'm the boss.

- How are you doing?
- Hi.

We are gonna take
one of everything.

- I'm sorry. What?
- Adult and kid sizes.

- Are you serious?
- I'm very serious, yeah.

I'm a buyer for Berman's,
and we're looking

to expand
our adaptive clothing line,

and my daughter has a great eye
for new products, so...

That is amazing.

- Thank you.
- No, thank you.

- My name's Christopher.
- I'm Katie.

There are some cool speakers
at the main stage.

Want to go check it out
with me?

- Lead the way.
- See you, Dad.

See you, bud.

People often assume that
our relationship is unique,

but it's not.

We've met hundreds
of other couples just like us

whose lives together
are adventurous

and beautiful and fun.

People are often shocked
to find out

that Hannah is my wife,

and that says a lot
about how society

thinks about disability.

They don't think that I'm
capable of being a loving,

supportive, caring husband,
and I am capable...

You should call me.

We'll talk more about
your pants on a bigger scale.

I will.

- Exactly.
- And the goal of our advocacy

is to combat ignorance.

Thank you, Emily.

- Hey, Miguel.
- Great game, right?

- Yeah.
- Where's Zeke?

He's getting some merch
with... with Tracy and your mom.

- Oh, cool.
- No, not cool.

You have... you have no idea
what the hell you unleashed

with that offer.

You're talking
about the tour, right?

Look, it...

I promise the whole family
is invited.

I mean it.
I talked to Kokoro.

You guys are gonna fly private.

We're gonna make sure all
the stages are ADA compliant.

Whatever you want,
whatever your family needs.

- Done.
- No, Joe, not done.

What parent in their right mind

sends a nine-year-old boy
on tour

with a musician they just met?

You don't know what it takes
to care for a kid like Zeke.

My wife and I
have worked our asses off

to give him
some sense of normalcy.

And your life,
this, is not normal.

I mean, just being here today.

This was a big lift for us.

We have three other kids
at home who all go to school.

Tracy and I work full time.

I'm sorry, okay?

I just... look, I want to spend
more time with Zeke,

so maybe we could
just have you guys...

Joe, Joe.

Hear me when I tell you,
my answer is no.

Now my wife and I
have to go figure out

how to break
a little boy's heart.

So thanks for that too, man.

Miguel, I'll tell him.

[soft music]

[♪ ♪]

You okay?

Yeah, yeah, other than
feeling like a complete idiot.

- You're not.
- You're hurt.


Look, no, I'm the one
that caused this.

I would do anything
to take back what happened,

but you've been
on a downward spiral

ever since we lost our babies.

We both have.

We can pull
each other out of this.

- I don't think that we can.
- We can.

Okay, I'll take time.
We'll go to therapy.

Look, I'm willing
to put in the work.

- If you need time. Joe...
- Don't... don't touch me.

- Joe, Joe.
- Eric, mind your own business.

I just want to make sure

that you're not
running away from this.

- So what?
- You're on her side now?

No, I told you

I'm on both of your sides,

I think you need to...

Don't... don't do that.

'Cause you know what I think?

I think that you have been
riding my coattails

since I was ten years old,

and I think that now
you are riding my wife's.

So why don't you mind
your own business for once?

You got it, pal.

What's the matter with you?

Eric's family. I'm family.

Look, we're all still a family.

Were you thinking
about family

when you were screwing Bobby?

To hell with you.

[somber music]

[♪ ♪]

It's a tap light
solar system.

The science fair isn't till next
but we finished today.

I painted with my
sweet, new robot arm,

and my dad was
in charge of the hot glue gun.

- [laughs]
- That was a wise choice.

You guys do a lot of cool stuff
together, huh?

- Yeah. He's my best friend.
- [chuckles]

There is one place
on my wish list

that I haven't gone yet.

Outer space.

- Okay, two.
- [laughs]

I haven't gone
to a Giants game, have you?

Oh, well,
it's been a long time.

Maybe we could go together

I'd love that. Yeah.

- Hey, bud.
- Time for your bath.

I'll race ya.

- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.

- Good to see you.
- Good to see you.

- Night.
- Bye.

Goodnight, buddy.

- This was fun.
- Yeah.

Yeah, we had a nice time.

He's a great kid.

I mean, they have
such a special bond.

Ray seems like
a really good guy.

Yeah, he is.

They're the best things
that ever happened to me.

- You deserve it, Jen.
- Thanks.

All right, well,
we should get going.

- Yeah, thank you.
- Of course.


I was so nervous
before we got there.

Thank you for coming with me.

Oh, you were a natural
with Lucas.

I have to admit
there were

a couple of moments there
where I couldn't help but think

about what it would be like
to be his real dad.

♪ It was only yesterday

I gotta tell you
something, Joe.

I... I can't have kids.

I've seen every doctor
under the sun.

It's just not
in the cards for me.

- Oh, I'm so sorry.
- I've known for years.

It's one of the many reasons
my marriage broke up.

I just didn't tell you sooner
'cause I didn't know

how serious we were gonna be,
and now...

if it's a deal-breaker, I...

No chance.

Look, I hope we get
to that bridge someday.

And if we do, we will figure
out how to cross it together.

The state's case is built on
the investigator's findings,

and he had no business
questioning the daughter

at the shelter.

We could actually win

I mean, this... oh, it could
be everything for us.

That's so great, Jen.

So tell me about the expo.

Okay, are you ready
for this?

Berman's department store
wants a sit-down meeting.

- That's amazing.
- I know, I know.

It's crazy though 'cause

it's just all of a sudden
happening really fast.

Oh, do you think that we can
reschedule our therapy session?

Things are gonna ramp up
quickly now, I think.

I was actually about
to ask you the same thing.

- Oh.
- You know, it's just

hard for me with... with shifts

and the website and now
prepping for this meeting.

I don't have time
to schedule anything.

But this could be
so huge for us, you know?

Is it bad that we're
rescheduling our therapy?

No, no, we're busy
and we're good, right?

- We're good.
- Are you kidding?

We're really good.
We're beyond good.


Well, I have a lot of work
I still have to do

so I should probably sign off.

Can you give Christopher
another kiss for me?

- Yeah, I will.
- I miss you.

I miss you too. Bye.

♪ Right beside you ♪

♪ There's a me-shaped hole ♪

♪ That's been pulling
you sideways ♪

- Hey.
- Oh, hi, Joe.


- Uh, see you later.
- Yeah.

- Good to see you.
- Good to see you too.

How was your evening
with Lucas?

It was great. Yeah, yeah.

Giants won.
So... you know.

Um, I made a mistake.

I asked you what you thought
about my dating,

and I don't need
your permission.

I sure as hell
don't need your guilt.

I'm sorry about before, Mom.

I acted like a...

Rude. Petulant. Prickly.

- All the above.
- Okay. Look.

Look, your dad died.

Celeste left.
You went off to college.

But when you came back after
graduation, you moved in here,

I did everything I could
to make time stand still.

And I now realize that was
so not good for me or for you.

I guess you going on a date
just felt...

I could never
erase your dad from our lives.

I wouldn't want to.

I will love him forever,
no matter what.

But I am ready to love again,

and I need you
to be okay with it.


[gentle music]

[♪ ♪]

Found something.

- Hey.
- Joe.

Hey, sorry to stop back by
so late without notice.

- Hey, Joe.
- Did you forget something?

Yeah, kind of.

This is my dad's lucky hat,

and I wanted
to bring it by sooner,

but I couldn't find it.

And anyway, I just thought
that... that Lucas might like it.

You want to give my son
a Kimbreau family heirloom?

- No, no, it's a hat.
- It's not an heirloom.

He's a pretty savvy kid.

Oh, hey, I didn't mean
anything by it at all.

I... I just thought that
he would like it, you know?


That's exactly
what I was talking about.

Did I hear you talking to Lucas
about taking him to a game?

Uh, I mean,
I thought that we would all go.

It's not your place.

Listen, Joe, we really
appreciate your willingness

to donate blood
for Lucas's surgery, truly,

but you can't just stop by
whenever you want.

He's our son.

It's just a hat.

I'm sorry,
we can't accept it.

You should go.

[♪ ♪]

I've always wanted to go
to L.A. and San Francisco.

You think one night I can sing
"Soldier On" on stage with you?

Yeah, Zeke, I wanted
to talk to you about that.

I think that I may have
jumped the gun on that whole

"you coming on tour with me"

- What?
- Um.

Yeah, you know,
this is my bad.

I got excited. You know,
I didn't think it through

and it's just...
It's not realistic.

- It's my parents, isn't it?
- No.

They're afraid of letting me
do anything.

- That's not true.
- Your parents,

they let you come sing
with me today, didn't they?

Look, your parents,

they want you to be able to do
whatever you want to do.

They want a big life for you.

This is me.
This is my decision.

I just... I think
I'm gonna be busy.

I don't even know
if I'm gonna be able

to have time to hang out,
you know?

I just don't know if it's...

I get it.

But look, we can still do,
you know,

TikTok duets together and Zoom,
and we can still work on songs.

Thanks for letting me
perform with you today.

Yeah, yeah.

I couldn't have done it
without you, Zeke, I mean that.


♪ You were waiting outside
for me in the sun ♪

[♪ ♪]

♪ Laying down to soak
it all in ♪

♪ Before we had to run ♪

♪ I was always ten feet
behind you ♪

♪ From the start ♪

♪ Didn't know you were gone ♪

♪ Till we were in the car ♪

♪ Oh, the glory of it all ♪

♪ Was lost on me ♪

♪ Till I saw how hard
it'd be to reach you ♪

♪ And I would always
be light years ♪

♪ Light years away from you ♪

[♪ ♪]

♪ Light years,
light years away from you ♪

[♪ ♪]

♪ Light years,
light years away from you ♪

[♪ ♪]

♪ Light years,
light years away ♪