StartUp (2016–…): Season 1, Episode 9 - Hostile Takeover - full transcript

Rask hurries to tie up loose ends. Alex drops a bombshell on GenCoin, forcing Izzy into a compromising position. Nick and Ronald bond over their new predicament. Izzy takes a stand, only to find herself on the wrong side.

I'm about to tell these
three that I'm gonna

- fully finance their startup.
- Vera at that booth

with some Russians,
been getting all chummy all night.

We've been looking into your guys,

and it seems like they've been
getting cozy with Alex Bell.

I'll be gone before you get home.

Your daddy, he gave us no choice.

Special Agent Rask? We found a body.

Let's make this very, very public.

I killed my partner.

Dacey! Dacey! Dacey!

Dacey! Dacey! Dacey! Dacey! Dacey! Dacey!

Dacey! Dacey! Dacey!

Dacey! Dacey! Dacey! Dacey! Dacey!

We gonna help with the burial.

Anything that you need.

Dawg, you for real?

You think I'd play on that?

I'm saying, after everything, man.

Shit, I say let's just dump
his body off the overpass

and be done with it.

Jey was your friend, man.

He was your friend. He was your friend.

Jey was like blood to all o' us.

It don't matter that he got
rotten inside.

Come on. We all get rotten inside,

at some point or another.
Ain't that right?

That don't change who you was.

That don't change who you is.

If you stray...

I'd do the same thing for you.

I'd do the same thing for all y'all.

So, what, you want the parade,
the whole nine, all that?

Put him in the ground right.

Did you see him?

Mm hm.

So, what are we gonna do now?

When our old girls came here...

they didn't have nothing
to leave us behind.

I'm gonna walk in there,
and I'm gonna sign them papers.

And when GenCoin pop...

One. One. One. One.

Each one of us comin' up.

We gonna bring new business to this hood.

Have somethin' to leave
Touie and Elsie behind.

Have something for everybody out there
to leave something behind for their.

And with Overtown, Lib City, all them,

see what these Haitians done did,

what we done made,
the legacy we leave behind...

they gonna wanna know how.

Maybe we tell them.

- Hey, Megan.
- Hi, Izzy.

Hey. What's, um... what's going on?

I don't know.

- Who are all these people?
- I don't know.

I never ask them how old they are.

- Hey. Hi.
- Izzy. How's it going?

- Good.
- Do... do you wanna sit?

- Why not?
- Yeah. I mean,

we made ourselves at home,
is that all right?

- Yeah.
- Yeah? Do you want some food?

- Huh? Got a lot of fruit.
- No, I'm okay.

- I'll... I'll take some water.
- Oh, sure.

- Yeah?
- Yeah. Water.

Stay hydrated.

- Mm.
- Thank you.

So we've been talking,
all of us, over the last 24 hours.

We're ready to make this a reality.

But the deal needs to be with just you.

Nicholas Talman and Ronald Dacey

will claim no ownership to GenCoin.

They'll hold no stock.

You never signed anything
with them, correct?

Uh, no. No, I mean...

Then it's your IP and yours only.

Yeah, but they've... they've been
here since the start.

Yeah, so they're nice guys,
really like them both,

but... I mean, how long would you say

you've been writing this code?
Five years?

Seven, if you count those false starts.

And they've been here, what, a month?

They just don't bring
anything to the table.

Yeah, we need to clear way
for partnerships

that are gonna mean something to GenCoin.

And you yourself would
be a controlling partner,

and board member, along with Alex.

If you'll have me.

And I'd like to bring in one

additional third-party component.

- This is Mimi Strickland.
- Hi.

- Your code is awesome.
- Thanks.

Mimi runs a company
called Eden Field out of Austin.

They are one of the largest

and most secure server
farms in the world.

As a partner, I'd be able to provide
you with the bandwidth

and instant global reach
GenCoin would require.

Yeah. I mean,
this is gonna be so huge, Izzy.

You realize that.

It's gonna take off like a rocket,

and we're gonna need
someone like Eden Field

in order to just keep us online.

Yourself, Miss Strickland, and Mr. Bell

will serve as board members
and equal shareholders.

And, uh, who... who are they?

- Uh...
- Business affairs.

- ...consultants. Legal team.
- Your team.

This, all of us, everyone.

A team.


It's a lot, I know.

Can I, um...

Can I think about it for a day? Or two?

For a number of reasons,
I have to act quickly on this.

Otherwise, I'm forced to move on.

The choice is yours.

There's no way
that you can let them stay?

Things would get a
little too messy, unfortunately.

They'll be taken care of.
Totally compensated for their time.

This contract will
activate funds immediately...

and place you on as one
of three board members.

If you wanna lead, these are the
tough choices you have to make.

All right. Just a
few other, minor things.

Congrats. Whoo!

Also, uh... I went ahead

and arranged a little event
for tonight at my place.

It's a PR thing, get the buzz
going way before launch.

Wear something nice.
It's gonna be your big coming out.

She can help you
pick it out if you want.

She picks out all my clothes.

- All right.
- All right!

I gotta go find me an outfit.

What's up, Megan?

No one called me.

Hey. Morning.

She already signed?

No. It's bullshit. I'm not signing that.

It sort of doesn't matter.
Kinda just a formality.

You had no rights to begin with, so...

it is what it is.

The office. I paid with my own money.

And we will be paying you back,

plus a severance...
as a gesture of good faith.

You'll have the full
$300,000 returned to you,

plus an extra $150,000 to cover interest,

damages, and just... over all,
as a gesture of good faith.

We all really appreciate
what you've done for GenCoin.

Twelve grand? Twelve grand?

I'm going into my own pocket

to repay Benedict Blush
for all the money you lost.

An investigation would
be bad... for all of us.

It would be in your best
interest to take the deal

and never look back.

Never look back? Hm?

You should let us
clean up your mess and move on.

I know that you are
passionate about this project.

I know that you believe in it,

which is why it would be best

that you stay as far away as possible.

For the good of GenCoin.

I know what you are.

Do you?

So then you understand why
it'd be best to never look back.

I want you out of here. Okay?

Fucking place is leased under my name,

so you need to get out.

I bought the building
from Larry yesterday.

Oh, God!

Oh, you just gonna skip off like that?

- Are you serious?
- You have no idea

what we been through the past month!

Had our lives turned upside down,

breaking our back for this company!

You know what?
Suck my dick, both of you.

- Really?
- Yeah, you're lucky

I let you be a part of this
in the first place.

This is my company,

my idea, my baby, my code.

You had jack shit to do with it.

You just don't get it,

'cause you don't care
about nobody but yourself.

You're using us just like you
use everybody in your life!

'Cause you don't care about nobody!

That's real talk, girl.

Goddamn coward!

That's what you are, girl!

Coward! Shit.

You eat pig?

Do... do I eat pig?

What do you mean?


She makin' griot tonight.
You should come hang.

- Okay.
- Hey, your girl done kicked you out,

looks like you down another job.
You might as well...

might as well not eat alone.
Know what I'm saying?

Let us show you some Haitian hospitality.

- Brethren.
- All right.

- All right.
- I will, thank you.

- All right.
- Let me bring over

a bottle of wine, some white shit.

Just bring... bring yourself.
Just bring your white-ass self.

- What time?
- 7:30.

White guy's gonna be punctual.

Yup, yup, I got it.

Ay, Adolfo! Your back, baby.

- I'm fine.
- Be careful.

He's got it, Mrs. Morales.

Hey, Iz, look at this one. You like it?

- It would look great on you.
- She looks like a hooker.

And she needs to eat a sandwich or two.

Don't look at the girl,
Iz, look at the dress.

What time's the thing?
Why do you care so much?

- You asked for my help.
- I didn't ask for nothing!

Delfia, stop trying to make me
into a little sex pot.

I'm not you.

Iz, I didn't mean to make
you feel that way.

You didn't mean...

You should worry about your wedding.

Go get your snatch waxed
so you can lay there

with your legs spread open,
so your boring-ass husband

can jam babies into you
for the next ten years.

That's great. Thanks.

- Go cry in the corner.
- Fuck you, Izzy!

See? Your other daughter curses too.


- Yeah?
- I'm gonna turn this down

- to a simmer, a'ight?
- Okay.

Hey, baby, can you get that?

- Nick?
- Yeah. Yeah, Tamara?

- Yes.
- Nice to meet you.

- Oh, no, no.
- Okay.

- Thanks so much for having me.
- Of course.

Heard so much about you from Ron.

Really? Good. Good.
I brought you guys some wine.

I know he doesn't drink.
I didn't know...

- No, he doesn't, but I do.
- Perfect.

- We can share it.
- What I was hoping.

Fantastic. Smells wonderful.

- Thank you.
- Yeah. Hope that's... hope that's us.

- Yes.
- South B!


- Dude.
- You made it.

- Nice place, yeah.
- Thanks, man.

- Thanks for having me.
- That's how my wife Tam do.

- You met her, right?
- Yeah, she let me in.

- My littlest one... Elsie, come here.
- Elsie.

- Oh, hi.
- Hi.

- How you doing? I'm Nick.
- I'm Elsie.

Nice to meet you. That's a cool scooter.

- Thank you.
- I'm gonna get my boy.

Okay. Whoa! Can you do any, uh...

what kind of tricks can you do?

Hey, dinner's ready.

I'm straight, Pa.

There's somebody that
I want you to meet, son.

All right, well...

There's some griot on the
stove if you get hungry.

A'ight, Pa.

- I would love some more.
- More wine, more griot?

- More... griot.
- Griot.

- Mm-hm.
- God, I wanna bathe in it.

- Real talk.
- Fantastic, yeah.

- Best there is.
- I'll finish it if you guys don't.

Let me tell you something.

No matter what you been
through during the day,

coming home to something like this...


The world just make sense again.

Thank you, baby.

- Always.
- I love you.

- I know.
- Come here.

I love you.

I'm eating!

You have a guest.

- Adults, right?
- Okay.

We gotta get you
a nice, young Haitian girl.

I'm open to it. I'm open to it.

- Say thank you to your mama.
- Thank you, Mom.

- You're welcome, baby.
- Mm. So damn good.

- Hi.
- Hi, Daddy.

Hey. Hey, sweetheart.

I'm sorry I'm late.
95 was a little backed up.

It's okay. Just sat down.

Lost track of time at the studio.

- Oh, you been throwing?
- Yeah.

- Yeah, well, we fired today, actually.
- Oh.

- I did this raku glaze.
- Raku?

Yeah. Excited to see how it comes out.

- Rak... what is that?
- It's like a glazing method.

Here. Yeah. Makes, like,
a swirly, metallic pattern.

- It's really cool.
- Oh, neat. Neat.

It's, uh, wow, look at that.
That's very cool.

Maybe I'll use it for
your birthday pot this year.

Yeah, I'd like that.

- You okay?
- Mm-hm.

Yeah. Yes, uh, I just
remembered something. Sorry.

- Sorry. I'm here. I'm here.
- Okay.

- Thank you.
- Thanks.

Getting the salmon?

Every time I come, I think I'll do
something different, but...

We don't have to come here every time.

No, I like it here. I like it here.

It's... it's calm.

Have you talked to Mom lately?


How's the rest of your classes?
Oh, hey, how's Kevin?

You two still, uh... oh, I'm sorry.

- Hey, now, I liked him.
- It's okay.

We're just different people. You know?

Excuse me? Do I have to hit him?

No. No. He's nice.

- Didn't work out. Okay?
- Different people?

That's awful.
Well, what are you gonna have?

Um... I'm gonna start with the soup.

- The soup.
- Yes.

- The tomato soup.
- I'll see if I can get

a raku glaze on my salmon.

- It's good to see you.
- You too.

You look beautiful.

Izzy! Huh?

- You look real nice.
- Thank you.

So I know this is all
coming at you pretty fast,

but I wanted to start
getting you involved

as, like, the face of GenCoin.

The people wanna know the people. Right?

- Yeah, so do I just...
- Just do your thing.

Talk about GenCoin, why it works,

why it's important.

They're gonna love you, okay?
You're brilliant.

You're beautiful. Just remember,

they need you more than
you need them. Okay?


- You want a drink?
- Yeah. Yes.

Yeah, okay. We got a full bar going.

- What do you drink?
- Beer, usually.

Uh, I think you need
something a little stronger.

- Hm?
- Can she get some Cuervo

on the rocks for our guest of honor?

Pour it deep. Don't be shy.

This is a really lovely dress.


Hey. Cheers.

Gabe. Come here.

Perfect timing.
In the flesh, Izzy Morales.

Pleasure to meet you.

Alex is a smart man,
swooping in like he did.

Everyone's talking about you,
but you knew that, right?

- No.
- Okay, imagine this:

GenCoin launches next month.
It's available for everyone.

Now, where do you see
the world in ten years?

- What's your inspiration?
- For?

- GenCoin.
- Have you considered

the ramifications for
creating perfect currency?

Were you actually in development on this

before Bitcoin became
the ubiquitous commodity?

When do you think it
will be ready for launch?

I'm wondering about the implications

this can have on the darknet.

Tell me how you can keep it safe.

Who was on your team? I wanna know.

Do you have any partners
behind the scenes?

Are you flying solo? Talk to us.

- Uh...
- Details.

Can I take a piss real quick?

Of course. Is she okay?

Did I say something wrong? Okay.

Hey. Are you okay?

Yeah. I'm fine.

I just... I needed a minute, you know?

It can be overwhelming.

But it's part of it, you know?

I need them back.

I need my people.

Yeah. I'm sorry, Izzy...

They're my people. I need them with me.

You said it yourself,
this thing is all about people.

Right. But them, I can't.

Okay? I'm sorry. I just... I can't.

You can. It's your money.
It's your decision.

- You can.
- Not really.

There's just a lot of
other factors involved

in decisions like that.
It's really tricky.

You see? That's the thing.

You pretend to be all
cutting-edge and progressive,

asking about the why.

Why, Nick? Why, Ronald?


You're just a corporate
stooge like the rest of em.

You know, I've been thinking.

I think you've been overlooking the value

of a company based in ideology right now.

If you set out to make it about people...

if common human values
are your measuring stick...

and not profit, the only
thing that could undo us

is succumbing to the same
misguided values

that this country was built on.

Greed. Ego.

You should be writing all this down.

Three tequila shots, please.

That's why I surround myself

with people that understand
common values,

like Ronald Dacey, Nick Talman.

They're the real heroes of GenCoin.

They showed me its true
place in this world.

- His last name again?
- Dacey.

- Uh-huh.
- D-A-C-E-Y.

Talman. T-A-L...


Wow! You're the best!

There's no GenCoin without them.

Thank you.

I'll take this.

Hey, uh...

just two minutes.
Please, two and a half years,

all I'm asking for is two minutes.


I really, really messed up.

I'm really, really sorry.

I can't even believe
we're having this conversation.

I can't believe it got so bad so fast.


I lied to you.

And I'm so sorry.

And this isn't an excuse at all.

I... it was just one of those things

where it started as something very small.

And I was trying to do something good.

- For who?
- And it...

what do you mean?

Who was it good for?


I still don't think you understand

what GenCoin is about.

Do you, Nick?

You took drug money. You committed fraud.

I mean, you're hanging out
with a gangster.

Jesus Christ!

I mean, have you hurt people?

- Have I what?
- Just answer the question.

Have you hurt anybody? I don't know...

What do you mean? Have I...

Have I hurt anyone? What?

I don't know!
What am I supposed to think?

No... I don't know! Not that!

What are you talking about? You don't...

you... do you really... okay.

I'm sorry. Do you really think
I would do something like that?

I don't know. Honestly, I don't know.

No, I didn't before. The person that...

- Taylor!
- ...that I knew! But no...

You know me. What are you talking about?

I don't know you!
I don't know you because, Nick,

I don't, okay? I... I don't know you.

Okay? Because you don't even know you.

You lie to yourself.

You like to pretend you're
this... this do-gooder,

okay, with your micro-financing bullshit,

- and you quit your job.
- Hey.

Hey, you wouldn't have
let me if I told you. Okay?

- Oh, really?
- Yeah! That's absolutely right!

You and your dad...
maybe if you would just

have let me be who I wanted to be!

- What? What?
- No, I'm not kidding!

I'm not kidding! You guys...

you looked at me like I was
some irreverent hippie

who didn't give a shit
about family or about...

about providing because
I didn't want a Porsche,

or I didn't want to chat
about real estate,

or I didn't wanna suck off
my rich friends

so I could climb the ladder
and wave my dick

from the fucking top of my big mansion,

because I'm very proud that I can spend

$200,000 on my kid's fucking bat mitzvah.

So... fucking great.

- Wow.
- I'm sorry.

- Wow.
- Taylor... hey.

- Just stop. Just... please.
- No.

Please, just stop talking.

Just leave me alone for a second.

Goddamn it! What am I supposed to say

when you start acting
like I'm a violent person?

What are you supposed to say?
You are supposed to say,

"I'm sorry," and then shut the fuck up!

You are not supposed
to make this all about you.

I mean, you know what really sucks?


When I first fell in love with you,

when I really knew for the first time

that I wanted to be with you, I mean,

there were all those
other guys there, okay?

All those other douchebags.
And then I met you,

and I just knew it.

Okay, you were different.

And I respected that.

Okay, I respected your passion.

I respected your integrity.

And, by the way, so did my dad. Okay?

My dad's always liked you,
and I don't really give a shit

what notion you've put on him
or what notion you put on me

about the way that we look at you,

because it's not true.
Okay? It's not true!

It is all in your head,
and it's not fair.

That is your issue.
That is your self pity.

That is your insecurity.

I don't even know what...

I thought I knew you. Well...

I used to know you.

The guy that you used to be.

And I loved that guy.

But this...

This guy standing in front of me?

I just don't know you.

I'm a better person now.
That's who I am.

- Really?
- Yeah. Yeah.

That guy you're talking about,
I hate his guts.

Well, that's really a shame, Nick.

Because that's the person
that I want to be with.

It'll be ready by the end of this week.

That's cold, let me make you some more.

- It's good.
- It's cold!

Hey, hey, you're going
into your office today?

- I'll be back.
- But your sister's getting

- married tomorrow!
- Mom, it's a half day.

Bring that mug back.

Megan. Who has the key to this?

Megan. What's this? Who has the key?

Megan! Megan.



Hey! You have the key to this?

- Sorry, Izzy.
- Sorry what? Megan.

- Come open the gate!
- Um...

- Use the key! Megan!
- I don't know what to do.

- I'm your boss! I hired you!
- No. I...

- Megan.
- Um, you never paid me.

I never paid you?
Megan, you were an intern!

- I'm an intern.
- Open the gate! Megan!

- Megan, why?
- I'm not supposed to open the gate.

Yeah, who told you you're not
supposed to open the gate? Alex?

- Alex! Alex!
- Hey. Shh!

- Please calm down.
- Calm down?

It's my company! Megan,
open the fucking gate!

You don't need to swear.

I don't need to... open
the fucking gate, Megan!

Open the gate! Open
the gate. Hey, hey. Hey!

- Come here. Come here.
- Don't talk to her.

You have the key to this?

- Don't give her the key.
- No? "Don't give her the key"?

Alex! Vera!

Open this gate! I will break it down!

Open the gate!
I'll break this fucker down!

- Megan!
- I'm calling security.

Call security! You guys are all here

'cause of me! This is my company!