Sex/Life (2021–…): Season 1, Episode 5 - The Sound of the Suburbs - full transcript

As her thoughts continue to drift back to the connection she shared with Brad, Billie proposes a plan to put Cooper's mind at ease about her journal.

I used to dream
of this crazy, glamorous,

only-in-New-York kind of night

and a crazy, glamorous,

only-in-New-York kind of guy
to go with it.

♪ Waiting for something ♪

♪ You're coming, coming ♪

Sure, I wanted adventure.

But truth is,
I wanted the happily ever after too.

I wanted it all.

♪ Yeah ♪

But could Brad Simon,
New York's ultimate bad boy,

really be the one
I packed my hope chest for?

- You need to try one of these crab cakes.
- I'm not hungry.

What? We're always hungry.

He literally hasn't said two words to me
the whole night.

Uh, maybe because that babe
he's talking to is Jay-Z's producer.

He's working.

You need to relax.

Yeah! That's more like it.

- Now, let's get you a refill.
- Oh, no, no. I'm okay.

Uh, there's a guy
that keeps making eyes at me

and I'm pretty sure he manages Drake.

So we getting that refill, boo.

Thank you so much, guys.

I just wanna take a second to thank Brad
for welcoming us into his home,

letting us give you a taste of our album.

Now, many of you may not know this,

but besides Brad's genius ability
to discover new talent,

he's not half bad at guitar either.

Why don't you play us something?

Come on. Just one song, mate.

Let's give it up
for Stuck on Planet Earth.

I hope you enjoyed the show

'cause that's the last time
these guys step foot on this stage.

I'm more of a back-of-the-house
kind of guy.

But these days I seem to be doing
a lot of things I don't usually do.

♪ One night to be confused ♪

♪ One night to speed up truth ♪

♪ We had a promise made ♪

♪ Four hands and then away ♪

♪ Both under influence
We had divine sense ♪

♪ To know what to say ♪

♪ Mind is a razor blade ♪

- ♪ One night of magic rush ♪
- Yeah, he knows you're here.

♪ The start, a simple touch ♪

♪ One night to push and scream ♪

♪ And then relief ♪

♪ Ten days of perfect tunes
The colors red and blue ♪

♪ We had a promise made ♪

♪ We were in love ♪

♪ To call for hands of above ♪

That was incredible.

- You should be the one making music.
- The spotlight's not really my thing.

Well, you looked
pretty comfortable up there.

- Not to mention sexy as hell.
- That was all for you.

You bring those things out in me.

What are you doing?

There are all those people out there.
What if someone needs to talk to you?

There is no one else.

It's just us.

It was so easy to believe

because, way down deep,
Brad had a giant heart.

And when he finally let me see it,
it was so damn beautiful.

It's called
the Coital Alignment Technique.

There are books written on the subject,

which either Brad read or never needed to.

I got you.

When done right,
it provides the ultimate connection,

both physical and emotional.

I felt closer to him than I had to anyone.

We really were forever.

Oh. Um...

What are you doing?

I just wanna try this. Hold on.


Okay. Just slow down a bit.

And move up.

Okay, Cooper,
but, like, go in circles now.

- Yeah, but faster.
- Okay, you know what? Fuck it.

Maybe I can't do it.
At least not as good as him.

Are we ever gonna talk about this?

What you've been doing?

What I've been doing?

You read my journal.
That's how this whole thing started.

Yeah, well, thank God I did.

'Cause if I hadn't, I'd never have known
how miserable you are

and how much you wanna screw
your ex-boyfriend.

I'm not miserable.

I never said that.

But you do wanna screw your ex-boyfriend.
Right? There's no denying that.

Cooper, I... They're just thoughts.

They're memories.

I read everything, Billie.

And I know I shouldn't have.

And, trust me, now...

I wish I hadn't.

But I knew
that there was something going on.

I could feel you get up in the middle
of the night even when Ellary wasn't.

And I should have asked you
about it, but...

It had just been such a long time.

You weren't touching me.

- Why not?
- I don't know.

I don't have a reason.

I didn't even realize that I hadn't
until I read your journal.

I'm not having an affair.
Obviously I'm still attracted to you.

I'm just working,

and with the kids...

I just don't think about it as much.

Clearly not as much as you do.

It's like there's this whole other side
of you that you've told me nothing about.

I know, okay?

I had sex with a lot of guys.

And you thought
that I wouldn't love you because of it?

Well, guess what.

I still do.

But here's the thing.

You're not writing about
all those other guys, not anymore.

It's just him.

You're obsessed. And it's not just the sex
that you're writing about.

You're questioning everything
about our life, your choices...

and picking me.

So, what, am I just a really long rebound?

- What?
- Yeah.

- You know, am I the nice, safe choice?
- No. Oh, my God, no.

Someone who would never hurt you
like he did?

Cooper, I love you.

You're my husband.

You're the father of my children.
I love what we've built together.

- But you don't write about that.
- I did.

Oh, what, 'cause I made you salmon,

and I was nice to your parents,
and I stood for some lady on a train.

Are you still in love with him?

'Cause it really feels like you are.


I love you.

I always have.

I went to go see him.

- I know you and Brad have been talking.
- I... I ran into him. Once.

But you didn't tell me about it. Why not?

He said he texted you?

- Oh, right.
- "Oh, right."

So who knows what else
you're hiding from me.

- For all I know, you're having an affair.
- We're not.

- I swear.
- But how can I ever believe you?

Because he's dating Sasha.


- Yes.
- Oh, bullshit.

Your best friend is dating
your ex-boyfriend?

The guy that you apparently
could never get over?

Yes! I just found out.

It's been going on for over a year.
They met up in Paris.

Oh, my God, I...

- Billie, you will say anything.
- Well, let's call Sasha right now.

- She'll tell you.
- She's your best friend!

- She'll say whatever you want her to say!
- I am telling you the truth.

The only reason I ran into him is
because he's with Sasha.

Let me prove it to you.


Let's go out to dinner with them.

And then you can see for yourself.

Brad is dating Sasha.
He means nothing to me.

You're serious?

If this is what it takes, then yes.

Okay. Fine.

- Let's do it.
- Okay, great.

- Great.
- Great.

- No fucking way.
- Please, Sash.

You want me to lie to Cooper,
nicest guy on the planet?

He doesn't trust me.
He's obsessing over Brad.

- Oh, he's obsessing?
- He thinks we're having an affair.

Are you?


But Cooper doesn't believe me,
so he needs to hear it from you.

What? That my ex-fuck-buddy
is actually my dream come true.

Prince Fucking Charming.

If he thinks you guys are dating,
that Brad is off the market...

So you plan to earn back
your husband's trust

by having us lie to him?

Nah. That doesn't seem crazy at all.

You promised this would stop, B.

It will, I swear. I...

This will make it stop.

You know how you sound, right?

Let's say for one second that I buy
into the batshittiness of your logic.

Are you sure putting Cooper and Brad
in the same room together is a good idea?

He doesn't know everything that went down
with you guys, how intense things got.

- Well, what he read was pretty intense.
- I'm not just talking about the sex.

So much happened between you two.

Real history.

I know.

And what about you?

Are you gonna be okay
being in the same room as him?

I... I have to be.


I'll get Brad to do it,
but just remember what he did to you.

Remind yourself.

Wear it like a suit of armor
'cause this guy is your kryptonite.

Nanogenics is the future
of modern cancer therapy,

improving the probability of survival
while delivering returns

the VC world has not seen
since the WhatsApp acquisition.

Now, this is a unique opportunity

to make a real difference
in millions of people's lives.

And we're hoping you see it that way too.


That's impressive.


I don't know, maybe I could
cut out a little sooner, or...

No, no. It's perfect as is.


You've got principles, Connelly.

They shine right through.

- I don't know about that.
- I do.

Last year I closed the UniBank merger

and got the highest bonus
of any woman at Goldman.

And everyone told me that was my moment,
and I believed them.

That sounds incredible.

But then, I saw this article
about a start-up 3D bio-printing company

that could make organ replacement
affordable all over the world,

and I realized
my moment of success was a total fail.

What are you talking about?

I started in this business with a dream
that I could change the world with money.

Instead, the money changed me.

And I let that dream go.

But the guy in that article?

He still had that dream.

And he was making it real.

That was my first interview.
Might be my last.

- That company still hasn't made a dime.
- Oh, they will.

At least, they better.
I bought a thousand shares.

You're the reason I quit my job
and came here to do this kind of work.

So... thanks.


I'll tee the partners up at dinner,
and tomorrow you seal the deal.


- They're gonna love you.
- Well, we'll see.

Come on.

What's not to love about Cooper Connelly?

A suit of armor?
Made up of all the bad stuff Brad did?

That should be easy.

Some people hold grudges.

It's a survival mechanism,
the only benefit to bad experience.

But me? I forget all the bad stuff.

Until I don't.


There you are.

What's wrong?

I'm late.

For what?

Well, have you taken it yet?

I was too scared.

Well, if you are...

What are you gonna do about it?

Oh, my God.

Of course.

- Of course.
- Of course, what?

It's not just me, okay? It's us.

What are we gonna do about it?

Billie, come on.

We don't want this.

You've got at least two years left
on your PhD. You don't want this.


But what if I...? What if I do?



If you didn't,
maybe you should have been more careful.


- But you're never careful, about anything.
- What did you expect?

You know about my family, all right?

What makes you think I know
the first thing about being a father?

- Of course I don't want it.
- Of course. Of course. Of course.

- Billie, wait.
- Yeah. No.

You know, you are doing exactly
what your stepdad said you would do.

What you said
that you didn't wanna do with me.

You are running
at the first sign of trouble.

- I'm not running!
- Yes, you fucking are!



We need to leave in ten minutes.

Okay, sure.

Good evening.
Would you like to order drinks?

Uh, no, thanks.
We're still waiting on our guests here.

- Maybe just some water, please.
- Of course.

Hudson's been doing so well at drop-off.

I think he's really starting
to like school.

Thank you.

And, um...

Miss Brenda said that he shared
his snack with Hannah today.

He... Thank you.

He might have a little crush on her.
At least he's got good taste in girls.

Billie, please. Just stop.

You're trying
to make this normal,

and nothing about this is normal.

Francesca, hey.
Listen, how's it going with the partners?

Hey, where are you?
Can you get back into the city, like, now?


I'm just at a dinner right now.
What's going on? I can come in afterwards.

I've been talking you up all night,

and now everyone wants
to hear from the genius himself.

You're kidding me.

I'm doing my best, but I can't rattle off
the impressive details like you can.

Oh, well...

Plus, face time with the brass
could be great exposure for you.

What do you say?

Yeah. Absolutely.
I'll get there as soon as I can.

- Great. See you soon.
- All right? See you.

You're going into the city? Tonight?

They're here.

- Hey, honey.
- Oh, hi.

- You good?
- Yeah. Yes, I'm good.

- Coop!
- My God, Billie.

So great to see you again.

- Um, this is my husband.
- Yeah, we've met.

- Oh, right. That's right, yeah.
- Mm-hm.

Okay. Um... Let's sit.

- Yes?
- Yeah.

Coop. I missed you, man.

Me too, Sash. It's been way too long.

Did you guys find your way okay?

- Oh, yeah.
- Super easy.

We were on my bike,
so we just slipped in and out of traffic.

Sasha's always had a thing
for motorcycles.

You know me. I love danger.

We appreciate
you guys making the trip out.

It's funny,
I never pictured you in the suburbs...

but seeing it now...

I really do love it here.

Yeah, it was actually Billie's idea
to move out here full-time.

Yeah, it's just so...


I missed that.

And peaceful.

It's definitely much simpler
than the city.

Spoken like someone
who's only ever lived there.

Anyway, I was telling Cooper
how you two met up in Paris last year.

Yes. It was quite a coincidence, actually.
I was at a conference.

Brad happened to be touring
with one of his bands?

We bumped into each other at Arpege,
which led to drinks at Bisou.

Next thing I knew,
we were dancing till 5 a.m. at Chez Moune.

One thing led to another, and here we are.

I was at a stopover with Kicking Fire.
You remember them, Billie?

Mm. Not really.


You loved those guys.

Said they were White Stripes
with a bit of Bowie.

Mmm. I didn't wanna sign them,

but Billie convinced me
they're the real deal.

You know your wife.

When she wants something,
she can be very persuasive.

So you two, you've been together
for over a year, then?

- Mm.
- Mm.

That doesn't feel awkward to you?

I mean, you dated my wife, and then...
Now you're dating her best friend.

Cooper, I told you, I'm fine with it.

I mean, I've dated everyone else
in New York, why not Brad?

Yeah, and besides,
there's a lot of history between us.

We're all really connected.

You're not that connected. You're not.

I mean, maybe you and Sasha.
Certainly Billie and Sasha.

- Billie never even mentioned you.
- Maybe there's a reason for that.

Uh, maybe we should get some drinks.

Yes! Alcohol. Please.

Hi. Hi. Hi.

Um, can we order some drinks, like, now?

- Certainly. What can I get you?
- A very strong vodka martini.

Uh, Manhattan for me. Obviously.

A Macallan, straight.

And she'll have
a glass of the Opus One cab.

No more Jack and Coke?

Not much of a whiskey drinker anymore.

Yeah, she's classed it up a bit
in the last eight years.

So, uh, Cooper,
I understand you're a banker.

Mm. Sounds fun.

Yes. Yes, Cooper is making
a lot of headway in the VC world.

Honey, um, you should tell them
about the energy deal

you've been working on in San Francisco.

Oh, babe, that deal closed six months ago.


Right. Okay.

You know, there's just so many deals,
it's hard to keep up.

And Billie's been so busy.

I mean, the baby, you know, our second,

and all the changes at work
with the expansion.

Yeah, Billie was telling me about that.
How's it all going?

Great. I have a pitch tomorrow.
We're trying to buy Nanogenics.

It's a revolutionary development
in the way we treat cancer,

so I'll be asking the partners
to invest $70 million

so that we can save countless lives.

Coop, that's amazing.

Thank you. I mean, it might not be
as fun as running a record label,

but, uh, I don't know,
some people seem to think it's important.

Absolutely. Thank God for guys like you.


- Here we are.
- Oh!

- And, uh, ahem, what about you, Billie?
- Yes!

How's work?

I guess it's, uh, Dr. Billie now, huh?

Actually, ahem, Sasha didn't tell you?

I, um... I stopped out of my PhD program.


Are you serious?

But that program was everything to you.

My priorities changed when I got pregnant.
I wanted to stay closer to home,

so I started working
as a school psychologist instead.

Billie's changed
so many of the students' lives.

- They love her there.
- I'm sure they do.

And you love it too, Billie?

I do. Yes.

But I'm taking a little time off
from everything right now.

Just to be with my kids.

So you're a full-time mom.

- Brad.
- It's the most important job in the world.

I'm planning on getting back to it.

To all of it.

Well, hold on. Only if you want to, babe.

Billie is such an amazing mother.
The kids are thriving...

I'll bet. I just know
how important your work was to you.

You always said you wanted a big life.
That's the whole reason you left Georgia.

Well, this isn't Georgia.

- Trust me.
- Of course not.

As long as you're happy, B.

That's all I want. Truly.

I am.

I am...

really, really happy.

Good. I'm glad.

I guess I'm just trying to wrap
my head around this whole new you.

I mean, you're the girl
who used to start her night at 2 a.m.

Dance on the bar at Tortilla Flats,
run wild around the beaches of Costa Rica.

Okay. Okay.
What the hell are you doing, man?

Billie and I spent a week in Tamarindo.

Living off papayas and tequila,
swimming in the ocean,

feeling the sting of the surf on our skin,

that warm Caribbean breeze
through our hair.

It was so hot, 102 in the shade.

I don't think we bothered getting dressed
the whole time we were there. Did we?

We pretended we were marooned
on an atoll in the South Pacific,

waiting for someone to rescue us.

But we didn't wanna be found.
We never wanted to come home.

♪ We're waiting, everyone is ♪

♪ Can't say when it came to this ♪

♪ It's never too late ♪

All right, that's enough!
Who do you think you are?

I'm sorry. I need to use the restroom.

Hey, don't think for one second
that you are fooling anyone.

- I don't know what you mean.
- No, fuck you. I know your type.

You're the type of guy
women screw in their 20s.

You're wild, dangerous. You're fun.
Till they get you out of their system.

You're a placeholder, really,
till someone like me comes along.

Someone real.

I'm not sure
they all get it out of their system.

Excuse me. I gotta take a leak too.

What are you doing?

Get out of here.

- Billie...
- Don't. Don't touch me.

- You have to stop.
- I'm not giving up on you. On us.

- There is no us.
- Yes, there is.

- Always was and always will be.
- Oh, my God.

If I thought you were truly happy,
I'd leave you alone.

I am. I am happy.

But you're not, I can tell.
I know you, Billie.

No, you don't.

Not anymore.

I spent the last eight years
hating myself for hurting you.

Thinking I would never get the chance
to tell you how sorry I am.

And now that I have it,
I'm not letting it go.

And I don't think you want me to either.

Just tell me one thing.

Are they fucking?

Oh, come on, Sash.

I know he's not your boyfriend, okay?
I'm not an idiot.

- Cooper...
- No, stop.

Why are you doing this?
Why are you protecting her?

Billie is going through something.

Sure, it's not a red Porsche
or a bimbo half her age,

but it is her own postpartum, exhausted,
mother-of-two version of a midlife crisis.


Billie loves you, okay?
She's just... confused.

Please. Don't give up on her, Coop.

What the hell do you think
I'm doing here? Huh?

You cannot do this. I'm married.

You want me to be happy?

You had your chance,
and you broke my heart.

You destroyed me.

I know.

And it kills me.

But I am not the same person I was.

- Right.
- I'm serious. I've changed.

Something happened.

And when it did,
you were the only person I wanted to tell.

Open the door.

Open the door now!


I told you
to stay the fuck away from my wife!

Cooper, I'm so sorry.

I don't even know
what to say to you anymore.

We have a family. We have a life.

- I know.
- I've done nothing but love you

and give you everything that you wanted,
including the shit you wrote about him.

But you keep treating me
like some B-grade consolation prize.

It's making me sick!

I'm so sorry, Cooper.

Hey, Francesca. I'm on my way.

Cooper, wait. Please.

- Coop, hang on.
- Sash, leave me alone.

What the hell are you doing?

You gave that guy a million chances,
and he broke your heart every single time.

But there's always
one more chance, huh? Even now.


If this is what you want,
it's between the two of you.

I don't want any part in it.


♪ I swear it is true ♪

♪ The past isn't dead ♪

♪ It's alive, it is happening... ♪

Get on.

♪ No future, no past... ♪

I'm taking you home.

♪ No laws of time ♪

♪ Can undo what is happening ♪

♪ When I close my eyes ♪

♪ With the stars and the moon ♪

♪ I woke up in the night ♪

♪ In the same place ♪

♪ No ♪

♪ It's sailing ♪

♪ On my eyes ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening, yeah ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening again ♪

♪ In the same place ♪

♪ No ♪

♪ It's sailing ♪

♪ On my eyes ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪

♪ It's happening, it's happening... ♪

- Are you Billie Mann?
- Yes.

- Sign here.
- Okay.

Thank you.

♪ It's happening, it's happening ♪


You were writing about me?

I was.

All the best parts.

And there were a lot of them.


You have babies now.

Can I see them?

You're gonna be a great mom.

And you're gonna be a great dad.

I know it.

- Cooper!
- Connelly.

- David, how are you? Good to see you.
- Good to see you.

- I hear you're the man of the hour.
- Your mouth to God's ears.

They're beautiful.

You're beautiful.

He's right, Coop.

The name has to go.

What the hell is Nanogenics?

Sounds like we're breeding tiny people.

Hey, listen, for the right price,
you can name it whatever you want. Right?

- Oh. Great to see you, son.
- This is you. David.

- You as well, sir.
- All right. Good night.

Get some sleep.
See you tomorrow.

You too. All right.

- Have a great night. All right.
- Good night.

Well, you certainly made an impression.

It's like I said.

What's not to love about Cooper Connelly?

Well, I guess we'll find out, won't we?

It's late.

I should get going.

I'll get you a cab.

Hey, taxi!

Get home safe.

You know, maybe we go check out
that whiskey bar after all.

That one by your place?