Mother of the Bride (2024) | Transcript

Lana's daughter Emma returns from London and announces that she's getting married next month. Things become more complicated when Lana learns that the man who stole Emma's heart is the son of the man who broke hers years ago.
Mother of the Bride (2024)

Mother of the Bride (2024)
Romance, Comedy
Director: Mark Waters
Stars: Brooke Shields, Miranda Cosgrove, Benjamin Bratt, Rachael Harris, Sean Teale

Plot: When Lana’s daughter Emma returns from a year abroad in London, she drops a bombshell on her mother: she’s getting married. On an island. Next month! Things only get worse when Lana discovers that the mystery man who stole her daughter’s heart just so happens to be the son of the man who broke hers years ago.

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[light-hearted music playing]

[light-hearted music continues]

[horns honking]

[music fades]

[man breathes deeply]

[elevator chimes]

[sighs] Sorry, I’m late.

There was something at work.

Well, you’re here now.

That’s all that matters.

I am starving.

I hope this place is as amazing as everyone says it is.

Thank you.

Sir, Madam.

This way, please.

[gentle music playing]

Have you noticed we’re the only ones here?

Maybe we beat the rush.

[gentle music continues]

RJ, what’s going on?

[snaps fingers]

[exhales shakily]

Emma Rose Winslow, love of my life,

will you marry me?

[exhales shakily]

Are you sure?

I knew we were meant to be together from the second I saw you.

So, yeah.

I just… I can’t believe this is happening.

Is that a yes?




[RJ chuckles]

[maître d’] Congratulations.


[indistinct chatter]

[Emma chuckles]


Oh, wait.

What’s wrong?

My mom. [chuckles nervously]

Oh God, how am I gonna tell my mom?

That shouldn’t be a problem.

She knows we’re dating, right?

[thoughtful music playing]

Okay. Well, how hard can it be to tell her?

[woman] What? Are you serious?

No. No! Absolutely not!

I will take all of my research, all of my data, and my whole team

and go to Johns Hopkins.

[whispers] We’re not going to Johns Hopkins.

I am not bluffing.

[whispers] I’m totally bluffing.

Our genetic research has transformed the understanding of tumorigenic mechanisms, wouldn’t you agree?



No, not you.

Less heat. Under the hood.

Look, my point is we’re not only doing groundbreaking research, but our medical applications are already saving lives.


I’m glad we’re back in agreement. Be well.

Well, we’re funded for another year.

Nobody bring me any more problems for the rest of the week.

[woman 1] Thank you, Dr. Winslow.

[Dr. Winslow] Emmie?

Hey, Mom.

I thought you were supposed to fly in tomorrow.

I thought I’d surprise you and get here a day early since…


Since what?

Since I really missed you.

Oh, baby, I missed you so much, my Emmie cat.

Ugh. Mom, please don’t call me that.

You are always gonna be my little kitten.

Hey, why don’t we grab an early dinner and head home to catch up?

Yeah. Sounds great.


[sighs] I swear this has been the longest year.

Almost losing funding for the lab, my little girl, all the way in London, doing an internship for the Discovery Channel.

Discovery Resorts.

Isn’t that what I said?


Mom, I have some news.

And it’s big.

Please don’t tell me they offered you a job in London.

No, they didn’t offer me a job.

Oh, thank God. [scoffs]

Of course, it would be great if you got an offer, but honestly, I don’t know what I would do if you moved permanently.

The house is so empty without you.


And now that you’re back, who knows, you might even decide to go to grad school after all.

Actually, that’s what I wanted to tell you.

I’m not gonna look for a job or go to grad school.

I’m gonna be running my own business.

Your own business?

You know that lifestyle Instagram I started freshman year?


I didn’t do much with it in college.

But then I met that consultant who helped me rework it.

I told you about him.

Oh, the guy who works with his father?


Right. RJ.

Anyway, he told me to pitch it to the marketing department at Discovery as an opportunity to promote their high-end resorts. So I did.

And they offered me a six-figure sponsorship.

Can you believe it?

[scoffs] So, that’s your new job?

Brand ambassador for this company?

Mom, I know it’s not grad school, but this is what I wanna do with my life.

Emma, it sounds incredible.

Do you really think so?

I really do.

And you can work from home.

Um, I don’t think working from home is gonna be practical.

Oh, of course it is. It’s what everyone your age does now.

We’ll convert the guest room into an office…

But the shades in the guest room are broken.

Well, they’re not really broken. It’s more like the cord…


Well, what is that?

It’s an engagement ring.

Why do you have an engagement ring?


I’m engaged.

You… You’re engaged?

To whom?


[scoffs] No, you’re not engaged.

‘Cause if you were engaged, I mean, I, your mother, would know you’re engaged.

It just happened a few days ago, and I thought it’d be better to tell you in person, and… and…


And I didn’t want you being all judgy before I had a chance to make up my mind for myself.

Well, that is not fair. I am a very nonjudgmental person.


I’m sure I would like this man with initials instead of a name if you bothered to tell me a little more about him.

That’s what I’ve been trying to do since I got here.

Okay, I get that this is all of a sudden.

But when you know, you just do.

RJ and I are meant to be together.

I can’t imagine living without him.

[gentle music playing]

If you’re happy, I’m happy.

Then why do you look like you’re about to cry?

[sniffles] I’m not gonna cry.

Now, have you, uh, picked a date yet?

The wedding’s next month.

Next month?

Wait… Wait, you’re… you’re not…


I mean, Em, I’m just saying, what’s the rush?

It’s not a rush.

It’s an opportunity.

Discovery is paying for the entire wedding at their Anantara Resorts in Phuket, Thailand.

I even convinced them to donate to my charity, the Ocean Institute.

I… It’s just that planning your wedding was always something that I thought we would do together.

But we still can. We’ll work on the guest list tomorrow.

But we have to keep it small.

Well, what about Auntie Janice?

Of course Janice can come. As long as you two promise to behave.

Well, I promise. [chuckles]

So are we good?

We’re good.


[exhales] If Dad was here,

he would tell you what a lucky guy RJ is to be marrying somebody like you.

I just wish… you know…


Me too.

[Dr. Winslow sighs]

Well, I guess we’re going to Phuket.

[both chuckle]

[“I’m Good (Blue)” [by David Guetta & Bebe Rexha playing]


♪ I’m good, yeah, I’m feelin’ all right ♪

♪ Baby, I’mma have the best Freakin’ night of my life ♪

♪ And wherever it takes me I’m down for the ride ♪

♪ Baby, don’t you know I’m good? Yeah, I’m feelin’ all right ♪

♪ I’m good ♪

♪ Good ♪

♪ I’m good ♪

♪ Don’t you know I’m good? Yeah, I’m feelin’ all right ♪

[music fades]

[chill music playing faintly]

Aunt Janice!

Oh, hi! Look at you, the bride to be!

Oh, and look at you.


A granny to be!

Slow it down.


It’s just mother of the bride, okay?

You must be Emma Winslow.

Yeah, that’s me.

And you are…

Harley Ray, at your service. I’ll get this luggage for you.

Wow, kiddo, you really picked out a perfect spot for a wedding.

Yeah, there’s no place like it.

I came over here on holiday 32 years ago, and I never left.

I’ll get this to your room.

I like what I see.

Okay, can you at least pretend to act your age?

Eh, I’ve never ridden a Harley before. Vroom!

[Dr. Winslow] Okay.

[Janice] Vroom!


[camera shutter clicks]


Ah, RJ!


[Emma chuckles]

[RJ] Mmm.

[grunts] Hi.

[RJ, Emma kissing]

[Dr. Winslow clears throat]

Oh, RJ, this is my Aunt Janice.


And this is my mom.

It is a real pleasure

to finally meet you in person, Dr. Winslow.

It’s Lana, and I think that we’re past the handshake stage, don’t you think?


[Lana chuckles]

[RJ] Mmm!

[Lana straining]

I just… I want you to know that I love your daughter more than is humanly possible, and I promise that I will always take care of her.

Well, you better, if you know what’s good for you.

There he is.

Hi. I’m Scott.

This is…

[Emma] Hi.

Scott Jackson?

Is that really you?


Oh! [chuckles]

Oh my God, it’s so good to see you.

What about me?

Oh my God! Janice Bowen!


[both laughing]

I do not believe it.

[Janice] Oh!

Clay, you’re here, too?


[all laugh]

Yeah. Scotty and I made it official a year ago.

Bring it in. Come here.

Wait, so you all know each other?

Yeah. We all went to Stanford together.

Hell yeah, we did.

[Clay] The stories we could tell.

[Lana] But we won’t.

So, how do you know RJ?

Well, he’s my nephew.


Yeah, Will’s son.

Will Jackson’s son.


Like, your brother, Will Jackson, and my…

Oh. [inhales]

Oh no. No. No, no, no.

Hey, hey, hey, looks like the gang’s all here.

And you must be the mother of the…

[exhales shakily]

Holy… Lana?

Wait, you two know each other?

Yup. I mean…

[Will] Uh, well…

Yes. We… We… We do.

A bit.

Wow, hi.


I mean, “hello,” which is actually from the high German “hallo.”

I… Hang on a second, so… [chuckles]

…you’re Emma’s mother?

[chuckles nervously]

Could someone please explain what’s going on?

Once upon a time, your father and Emma’s mother dated in college.

Wait. What?

Are you kidding?

Oh, I mean, it wasn’t serious.

[laughs] Are you serious?

[all laugh]

What exactly happened between you two?

[Lana] I mean, you know how those college romances go.

Things just didn’t work out.

And… And it was for the best.

Well, I’m glad to hear you say that.

Yeah, it’s true.

Well, okay. [chuckles]

Why don’t the four of us get together for dinner to get acquainted?

Or re-acquainted, as the case may be.

Okay, but if RJ is my half-brother, then the wedding is off.

[all laughing awkwardly]

Di… Di… Uh, dinner is fine.

And since they all seem to be busy,

I say we catch up with our old friend Don Julio.

Well, you know I’ve always had a thing for Latin men.

Me too.

[all chuckle]

Seems like we all do.


I think we should all go to our rooms.

Great idea. Why don’t you lead the way?

[RJ] Yeah.

Let me get that for you.

No, no, it’s okay. I got it. I got it.

[all] Whoa!

[Clay] Oh God!

[Lana, Will scream]

[all gasp]

[Scott] Oh!

[Clay] Oh my God!

Grab my hand.

[Scott] Here. Come here.

Don’t you just love weddings?

[birds tweeting]

[Lana sighs] I mean, really, of all the men in all the world,

my daughter has to fall for the son of the guy

who ripped my heart out and stomped all over it.

Well, some people might call that fate.

Fate? Oh, fate, my ass.

Speaking of ass, you have to admit, Will’s looking pretty good.

I hadn’t noticed.

[Scott] You hadn’t noticed?

Lana hasn’t aged a day. She looks fantastic.

I think she pulled me into that water on purpose.

Can you blame her?

[Will] Hey, are there any towels out there?

I don’t see any.

Huh. Housekeeping must’ve forgotten them.

I’ll go grab you some.

[Will] Thank you.

Oh, by the way, I got the hot goss from Scott on Will’s ex.

I don’t wanna know.

But is he here alone?

I… I don’t wanna know.

Yes, you do, and yes, he is.

So, Will and his ex were married a little under two years.

She left shortly after RJ was born.

Went to Australia to find herself.

Apparently, she’s still looking,

which is why she’s not coming to the wedding.

Well, that’s too bad.

Oh, “That’s too bad.” That’s all you have to say?

Well, what do you want me to say? That it’s so sad that RJ

had to grow up without a mother?

And be raised by his bachelor father

and a long line of interchangeably hot girlfriends?

Okay, I get it. You’re playing it cool but dressing to impress. I like it.

Let him see what he’s missed, but don’t let him know you care.

I am not doing that at all.

I know you, Lana, and if you’re not out to get a little bit of your own back, then you’re not the person I thought you were.

[chuckles] The only way that Will and I are gonna get through this week is if we have an honest conversation about how awkward it is.

You know, no explanations, no dredging up the past, just an acknowledgment, and that is it.

Yeah. Well, you’re not having dinner for an hour,

and Will’s villa is Room 121.

[thoughtful music playing]





Yeah, we’re just gonna… [chuckles]

…clear the air, once and for all.



You know, I… I am truly amazed at how well I am handling this.

So am I. You look fabulous.


[thoughtful music continues]


[shower knob squeaks]

Hey, did you score that towel?

What was that?

[Will] Come on in. I need it now.

[music builds, halts]

Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa!

Whoa. Hey.


Oh, oh!

What are you doing?


You told me to come in!

I thought you were Scott.

Why would you think I was Scott?

Why are you still here?

Right. I’m… I’m leaving.

[glass shatters]

[Lana grunts]

I’m sorry. Excuse me.

[Will] It’s fine. Leave it. It’s fine.

Okay, bye.

[scoffs] Now you show up?


[chill music playing]

[RJ] That’s not true at all.

[Emma laughs] Oh my God.

[Will] He looked a bit like the old man.

I was an ugly baby. It’s okay, you can admit that now.

I hope I didn’t keep anybody waiting.

[RJ] No. We just got here.

Oh good. Oh, you don’t have to do that.

Uh, old habits die hard.

That’s really not necessary.

Mom, please sit down.

Okay. I just didn’t want anybody making a fuss. That’s all.

No one’s making a fuss except you.

[Lana] Fine.

[Will yells]

Oh! Ow!

[Lana] Oh!

Are you okay?

[Will] Uh, yeah, yeah.

I… I got, uh, nine more of those.


Hey. I want to apologize for what happened at your villa.

No, let’s just forget about it.

What happened at your villa?

Well, I interrupted your father while he was showering.

You did what?

I mean, it’s not like I went in.

The door was open.

The shower door was open?

No, no, the door to the villa was open, and he said he needed it. [chuckles]

The towel. I needed the towel.

And I need to, um, go freshen up.

But you just got here.

Well, a person can never be too fresh.


You know, I should probably…

Yeah. Go for it.

Can you please tell me what’s going on?

Do you have any idea how awkward this is?

Okay. I get that you and Will were, like, a thing in college, but what’s the big deal?

Will and I were not just a thing.

We were everything to each other.

Nobody clicked like we did.

I thought we were gonna spend the rest of our lives together.

And then, poof, one day, he’s just gone.

We never saw each other again.

We never even spoke again until today.

So he just ghosted you out of the blue?

Completely out of the blue.

I mean, I could tell that he was having trouble trying to figure out what to do after graduation, but that’s no excuse for just disappearing.

And he never even called to explain?


I don’t know RJ’s dad very well, but that doesn’t really seem like something he’d do.

Well, I, um, did change my phone number and didn’t tell him.

And then I might’ve moved and didn’t tell him where.


[Lana sighs]

I couldn’t hear any of his lame excuses, and I wasn’t gonna give him another chance to hurt me.

Okay. So then you met Dad, and you had me, and life went on.

Yes, and you are the most important thing in my life.

That’s why I’m so worried about what’s gonna happen to you.

To me?

Yes, to you.

No matter how much you love RJ, you’re never gonna be able to trust him.

Are you serious?

Of course I’m serious. People argue nature versus nurture, well… [chuckling]…trust me.

It is my job. It’s all nature.

Okay. I may not be a world-renowned geneticist, but I don’t see how that tracks.

Well, you better open your eyes because you are literally about to marry the son of Satan.

And we’re off to Crazy Town.

Okay, all right, look, it might not be that crazy.

Just listen to this, okay?

Will was always having a good time.

He loved being the center of attention. He loved taking charge of everything.

What’s wrong with that?

He was hiding his real feelings.

With a high five for this and a high five for that, and then there were those stupid fist bumps.

RJ isn’t his father, and I’m not you.

You don’t think RJ is at all like that?

Mom, RJ said that Will thinks it’s wonderful that we found each other.

He said whatever went on between you guys was decades ago, so can you please just let it go?

You said you’re happy if I’m happy.

I did. And I meant it.

[Emma] Good. Because the wedding has me so stressed, and I could never do this without you.

And I really want you to give a toast at the rehearsal dinner.

You want me to give a toast?

[Emma] You’re my mom.

I want you to be there for everything.

[tender music plays]

[indistinct chatter]

So what’s the deal? Is there a Mr. Winslow in the picture?


It’s just a question.

Or is Lana divorced as well?

Wait, you don’t know?


Emma’s dad died when she was eight in a car accident.

Oh. Wow. No, I had no idea. I mean, we’re not in touch at all.

Yeah, Lana was a single parent, just like you.

[Emma] Hey, guys.

Hey. Everything okay?

[Emma] Yeah, I asked my mom to give a toast at the rehearsal dinner.

Perfect. Did you manage to ask her about the, um…

All right.

Dad, Lana.

Emma and I were hoping that you could act as best man and maid of honor at the ceremony.

Unless you think that’s weird. I mean, we don’t have to…

Sounds great.

I’d be honored.

Hey, cheers.

[glasses clink]

Mmm. Listen, Emma, RJ, and I were just talking about your Instagram, and I gotta say I am so impressed by your engagement numbers.

The numbers have actually doubled since you visited us in London.

Attagirl. Way to go.


Oh, you visited them in London?

I was there on business, so I thought, “Why not take the kids out to dinner?”

I’m sure you guys had a lot of fun getting to know each other.

I wanted you to visit, but you couldn’t take time off.

Well, I would’ve taken time off if I knew that you were engaged.

Well, I wasn’t engaged yet. [chuckles]

What matters is that we’re all here now.

Hey, I’ll drink to that.

Mmm. Listen, I was going to wait till after dinner, but let me go ahead and, uh, give this to you now.

I already gave them my present.

Uh, yeah, you did. The best cappuccino machine on the market.

Well, it was at the tippy-top of your registry.

Yeah, it was.

Oh, this is…


Uh, yeah, why don’t you open it?

Dad, are those the keys to the condo in Tribeca?

Yes, sir. Only they’re now your keys to your condo in Tribeca.


[Will chuckling]

Wow. This is an incredible gift.

Well, you are two incredible people.


[tranquil music playing]

[yogi] Swing your arm up.

Right leg backward.

Warrior one.

[Lana exhales]

A multimillion-dollar condo in Tribeca.

[yogi] Bend your left knee.

How am I supposed to compete with that?

It’s not supposed to be a competition.

Well, he’s making it one by rubbing it in that he’s some big VC guy with a giant bankroll.

Nothing wrong about a man with a giant bankroll.

[breathes deeply]

[yogi] Change the posture to warrior two.

Look to your left hand.

[seductive music playing]

Did you see that?

See what?

That Hemsworth hottie over there. He was totally checking you out.

Oh, come on. I’ve got underwear older than he is.

Oh no, you come on.

[yogi] Right hand out, left hand up to reverse warrior.

Did you see that?


[Janice] That come-and-get-it smile.

I say you go and get it.

[Lana scoffs] You know what, I’m done.

Emma and I have a meeting with Discovery’s international brand manager in ten minutes.

A lot can happen in ten minutes.

Stop it.

A lot.

[yogi] Back to warrior two.


[woman] Thank goodness that you’re here.

There is so much to do and so little time to do it, but after our video chat last week, we’re off to a terrific start.

There was a video chat?

Emma and I needed to finalize some details.

I thought you said we were doing this together.

We are.

Then why is Miss Video Chat doing the meeting and the finalizing?

Did you have a question?

No, we’re fine.

Look, it’s a really big deal that Camala flew in to be involved.

So we’re clear, I planned my wedding without a brand manager.

Everything all right?

[Emma] It’s great.

Your wedding was in Gammy’s backyard. And you told me she was a pain in the ass.

And it is now my turn to be the pain in the ass.

Are we ready to begin?

So ready.

Oh, and I brought my notes…

To review, we went with the arrangements for the tables by Phillipa.

She did Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

These are the favors, tablecloths, napkins, and place cards.

I don’t have a picture of the gown. But trust me, it is stunning.

You already picked everything?

Well, that was the agenda of the call you missed.

And you already picked your gown?

Daisy Saint Daisy needed an answer right away.

Who is Daisy Saint Daisy?


Your mother is adorable.

Daisy Saint Daisy is the next Vera Wang.

You don’t say no to a $30,000 gown.

Daisy’s one of my sponsors.

She may be one of your sponsors, but it’s your wedding.

I think you should do what you wanna do.

Can we not do this?

I just want you to be happy.

I am happy.

I have epic designers and experts who are gonna make sure everything is to die for.

[Camala] And all of that will really boost your followers.

Which reminds me, I took the liberty of preparing an itinerary for the week.

Emma, you have a photo shoot in an hour and then a dance rehearsal, which is key to the social media campaign.

Has the rest of the bridal party arrived?

Yep, they’re all checked in.

[Camala] Excellent.

I highlighted your events in green.

Looks like we won’t get much time together.

You’re part of the dance rehearsal at sixteen hundred.

See the asterisk? “Mother of the Bride?”

Now I’m an asterisk.

If I may give you a little advice, Mama Winslow…


I know it’s hard to let go, but your little girl is all grown up now, and the best thing you can do is relax.

Have a Mai Tai, and enjoy the party.


She didn’t really call you Mama Winslow?

Oh, she did.

Did you tear her a new one?

I should have.

I don’t wanna ruin things for Emma. She’s so happy.

What’s this?

Oh, this is my itinerary from Camala.

Oh, okay.

Military time?

What is this, a wedding or a war?

I’m not sure.

At least she gave you a list of “suggested activities.” That was nice.

Oh, no, it’s all a ploy to just keep me out of the way.

Okay. Massage, manicure, sound bath, pickleball.

If that woman thinks she can buy me off with a salt scrub and a toe spreader…

[chuckles]…she does not know me well.

Right on, sister. Power to the people.

Let’s just sit here and be miserable.


I am overreacting, aren’t I?

I mean, I know this is an emotional time for you, my darling.

But throwing a pity party is only gonna make it worse.

You’re right.

You choose.

Huda. Pickleball. Nothing like working out your aggression

by slamming something that can’t hit you back.

[chuckles] Sign me up.

Woo! Let’s go!

[upbeat music playing]

[man 1] Yeah!

[group chuckles]

[indistinct chatter]

[man 1] Yeah, yeah!

[camera shutter clicks]

[Lana in Thai] Thank you.

[in English] Thank you.

Hey, Harley. What are you doing here?

Well, I fill in where I’m needed. What can I do for you ladies today?

Do you think you could find us a court?

Let me check the schedule.

So we meet again?


[Janice] I forgot you guys used to play tennis.

At this point, my knees are too shot, but I still look good in shorts.

Now I remember.

Hey, Winslow, you figure out these racquets yet?

We’ll see. Did you find us a court?

Yeah, I don’t have anything till two.

Oh, so, uh, mixed doubles?

Oh, we wouldn’t want to impose.

It’s not an imposition.

You know what? Scotty, don’t pressure her. She doesn’t like to lose.

Who said anything about losing?


[tense music playing]

[Scott scoffs]

I’m sorry.

It’s okay.

[Janice] Whoo!

[Lana] Nine-nine-two.

[Will groans]


[Scott] Yes!

It’s okay.

[Lana] Ten-nine-two.

Set point.


[Lana grunts]

[Will chuckles]

[Janice] Whoo!


[Will] Ow!


Oh, it looked in to me.


It was… out?

Out? You cannot be serious.

Okay, McEnroe, it was in. Let her have the point.

No, I do not want the point if it wasn’t in.

Everybody thought it was out, but if you want the point, take it.

Not everyone thought it was out. Janice and Scott didn’t say it was out.

Take the point.

No. We’ll play a let.



Still a pain in the ass.

Uh, excuse me, what was that?

He said you’re such a good sport. Whoo!


[tense music continues]


[music building]



[Will] Oh!

[man] Hey, hey, hey.

[Will groans]

I am so sorry.

[Lana] Where does it hurt?

I think we all know where it hurts.

Hey, buddy, I’m a doctor. I need you to relax and breathe.

Okay, I’m a doctor too. I think I can handle this.

All right, relax and breathe.

[man] Did he hit his head when he fell?

Good question. Somebody get an ice pack. It’ll help with the pain.

On it.

Lucas Campion. I’m at Geffen in LA. I didn’t catch your name.

Uh, Lana. Lana Winslow.

Lana Winslow? Seriously?


You’re a rock star.

No, I am not a rock star.

Yeah, you are. We tried to steal you last year, but you turned us down.

I’m head of the recruitment committee.

I think I’m ready to sit up now.

Not yet.

Too soon.


I’d really love another chance to convince you to move down south to us.

Well, that’s very kind of you, but my daughter’s getting married.

Well, congrats.

Thank you.

All right, I’m gonna place this right on…

That’s not going anywhere.

I hate to break up your little party here, but I need to get back to my room.

[Lucas] Let’s give you a hand.

[Scott] Take it easy, big guy.

[all] Whoa.

Okay, all right. You know what? I’m gonna walk you back to play it safe.

You don’t have to do that.

It would really just make me happier.

Fine. Knock yourself out.

Nice shot.

Hey, listen, uh…

I know you’re probably super busy with wedding events and whatnot,

but can I buy you a drink tonight?

Oh, thank you, but… [clears throat]

She’s wide open.

Great. Shall we meet in the bar at, say, eight?

Eight it is.

All right. I’ll see you then.

You’re welcome.

[sighs] For setting me up with someone who’s half my age?

You’re very welcome.

I got what I deserved.

Trust me, no man deserves what you just got.

I’ve been a jerk. One-upping her, acting like a jackass.

He may be right about this.


I take it you and Dr. Winslow have a history.

You could say that.

There’s nothing going on between the two of you now, is there?

Besides three decades of pent-up resentment?

Not a blessed thing.

Hey, I got it from here, Doc. Thanks again for the help.

Let me know if you need anything.

Will do. Hey, a little advice?


If you’re gonna be spending time with my ex,

make sure your health insurance is up-to-date.

[chuckles] I’ll remember that.

[Will grunts]

[Scott] All right, viejito.

[faint chiming]

[Lana sighs]

Mmm. I hope Will is okay.

He might be singing soprano for a while, but he’ll survive.

Maybe I should call him.

No. You need to stop thinking about Will and focus on Hunky Young Doctor.


[in Thai] Sorry.

[in English] Oh, honey.

There you are. I’ve been looking for you.

Why? What’s wrong?

You tell me. Camala said there was an incident with you and RJ’s dad.

Oh, that? No, honey, it was no incident. It was just a little accident.

She hit him with a pickleball.

[scoffs] Please tell me you didn’t.

I did not hit him with a pickleball. I hit the ball…

Into his pickle.

His groinal area.

[Emma] I get it.

Yeah, it was game, set, ouch.

Mom, please just do me a favor and try to act normal.

Camala says stuff like this can’t keep happening.

Nothing is happening,

and I promise I will stay as far away from Will Jackson as possible.

It’s really hard to take you seriously when you look like that.

[chuckling] But I mean it. I really do.

Just don’t be late for the dance lesson. It’s in 20 minutes.

Okay. I promise I will be on time, mask-free.


[Lana] Oh, honey.

Can I borrow those dangly earrings?

[Emma] Sure.

You got a hot date?



No. No, I don’t.

It’s a drink with a person who is definitely not a date.

So… And, hey, you know what? Look at that time.

I’d better hurry if I’m gonna make that dance lesson.

Hurry, hurry.

[in Thai] Thank you.

[in English] I gotta go. Okay, thank you. Thank you.

[upbeat music playing]

[instructor] One, two, three, four, go five, six, seven, eight.

One, two, nice, three, four, go five, six, yeah, say, ah!

I heard what happened at pickleball.

I am so sorry.

Your mom didn’t do it on purpose.

At least, I don’t think she did.

For what it’s worth, I think you two are cute together.


I’ve never seen her mess up this much.

[upbeat music continues]

[camera shutter clicking]

[music halts]

[all applauding]

Thank you. Thank you.

Very nice!

A good start, but you boys must keep practicing.

Millions of people are going to watch you on social.

Now, let’s move on to the next section.

We’re going to practice the lasso, so find your partners.

Uh, Camala, I don’t, uh… I don’t have a partner.


Mama Winslow. I should have known.


Hey, could you do me a little teeny favor and don’t call me Mama…

I’ll be your partner.

[Lana] I mean, the mother of the bride

and the father of the groom dancing together?

I don’t think Emily Post would approve.

Who’s Emily Post?

Someone who ruins weddings.

I think it’s a really sweet idea, but it’s totally up to you.

Go for it.

And you are…

No longer my friend.

Come on, L. You two had that song way back when…

[Scott] Yes.

What was it again?

I… I don’t remember.

“Hit Me With Your Best Shot?”

You remember.

Will used to play it on the piano.

“Mona Lisa.”


My favorite.

[RJ] Yes, mine too.

[Will] Hey, like father like son, right?

[RJ] I actually have it on my phone.


[“Mona Lisa” playing]

[Will] Shall we?

You look beautiful.

[Lana] Well, thank you.

And this is a surprise.

What’s a surprise?

You haven’t stepped on my toes yet.



Spoke too soon.

I guess just being around you makes me…

Me too.

[all applauding]

Ah, thank you, thank you, thank you.

For the lady.

[“Queen of Stacks” (feat. Patty Monroe) [by Daniel Lobel playing]

♪ Mamacita ♪

♪ Come and let you look a loca chica ♪

♪ He wanna make me his senorita ♪

[Lana sighs]

Hi, sorry I’m late. The dance went long.

You look incredible.

Thank you. [chuckles]

I love those earrings.

Oh, well, thanks.

Ah. What can I get you to drink?

I’ll have what he’s having.

So, tell me about dance class.

Well, it was awkward.

It wouldn’t be a wedding if it wasn’t awkward.

Are you a wedding expert?

Came close to getting married once,

but med school killed any chance of that I had.

Med school can do that.

Yeah, it was for the best.

Yeah, I’m actually a bit of a loner.

Really? I… I find that hard to believe.

And why is that?

Well, someone as fetching as yourself,

I’m sure you have dozens of names in your little black book.

I’ve never been called fetching before.


And, uh, I don’t think little black books are still a thing,

but if they were, I could say the same about you.

Oh, no. Those days are gone.

Long gone. I mean, I’m not complaining,

but, um, sometimes it’s just too late.

No, no. No, it’s never too late.

There’s no schedule for falling in love.

It’s not like missing a train.

Trust me, my caboose left the station long ago.

Wow, zero drinks in, and we are already talking about your caboose?

This is a good date.


Thank you.

To catching the next one.

Never say never, I guess.

[glasses clink]


[Lana sips]

What are you doing here?


[Lucas] Hmm.


I really like those earrings on you.

Thank you.

I am having a conference with a fellow medical professional.

You know, the one I told you about.

Hi, I’m Emma, Lana’s daughter.

And this is my fiancé, RJ.

Nice to meet you, man.

Um, Dr. Campion is from the, uh, Geffen School at UCLA,

and we’re colleagues.

And this is strictly collegial.

I can see that.

[RJ] So what brings you to Phuket?

Ah, my friends shamed me into taking a vacation.

I thought it’d be a waste of time, then I met Lana.

Well, I guess we’ll leave you to it.

[RJ] Hmm.

Actually, um… [gulps]

Oh, um, I have to go too. I’m usually not up this late.

No, it’s only 8:30.

Oh, and Camala texted. She wants us to meet with her tomorrow at ten.

Which is why I need to rest up, so…

It was lovely comparing notes with you, Dr. Winslow.

Dr. Campion.

[piano music playing]

[indistinct chatter]

[piano music continues]

Camala. What’s going on?

Ah, the reason I’ve called this unscheduled meeting

is because I have incredible news.


[Camala] Didn’t wanna jinx it,

but I’ve been in touch with Klaus Von Klaus.




He wants a product placement deal.

Which means what exactly?

It means Klaus Von Klaus is gonna pay me to feature his clothing.

You already have a gown from the Daisy Von Daisy person.

Oh, it’s not for Emma. It’s for you and the bridesmaids.

Which means Mama Winslow will be wearing

this one!

[Lana exhales]


Emma, are you sure about this?

It is a huge opportunity with an incredible sponsor.

[inhales sharply] Uh…

Yes, but this is a wedding, not a funeral.

Hashtag the bride is always right.

And nothing says elegance like a black and white wedding.

If this is what you want…

Thank you.

[Lana groans]

Now that that’s settled, let’s chat about the rehearsal dinner.

I took the liberty of jotting down a few words for your toast.

You wrote my toast?

Of course not.

Oh, good.

I have a copy editor for that.

You’re kidding, right?

With millions of eyes on Emma’s page, we can’t leave anything to chance.

We’re gonna be live-streaming the rehearsal dinner, ceremony,

and reception.

Can you at least read it?



[classical music playing]


[exhales, groans]




Oh, oh, oh!

[body thuds]

[upbeat music playing]

If I didn’t know any better, I’d say there was a little magic happening

between you and Lana on that dance floor yesterday.

Can you please refrain from stirring things up?

I’m afraid that won’t be possible.

[Scott] Oh.

Okay, just play it cool.


Hey! Woo-hoo!

Oh, hi. [exhales]

Hello, I hope we are not interrupting.

No, not at all.

Oh, is he on the menu?

Ugh, will you stop drooling?

I’ll have the muscles with a side of leg and thighs.

[cell phone ringing]

Yeah, hey, I can’t talk right now.

All right, I see we’ve branched out from pickleball, eh?

Day drinking is far less dangerous.


Is everything okay?

Oh, yeah. No, it was just the office.

How’s the injury?

Soaking as we speak.

[all chuckle]

Glad to hear it.

Thought you had mother-of-the-bride duty this morning.

Oh, Camala gave her the rest of the day off.

Which is fine.

I mean, it’s really just lovely having a day off.

You don’t sound like it’s lovely.

That’s because she’s lying through her teeth.

All right, truth is, watching Emma leave the nest

is just the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

I’m so proud of her, you know? But there’s this, like,


It’s not just that I’m gonna miss her either.

[inhales] It’s something… I just can’t explain.

That’s because we’ve done a great job at making ourselves completely obsolete.

That’s right. That is exactly it.

Well, I gotta get going.

I, uh… I volunteered to put in a few hours at the clinic in the village, so…

Aren’t you supposed to be on vacation?

Like I was telling Lana last night, I have trouble with vacations.

Last night?

She let me bore her over a few drinks.

Oh, it was not boring at all.

Well, I gotta jet. Come here. [groans softly]

See you guys around.

Wow. Volunteering at a clinic,

with eyebrows more mischievous than a basket of kittens.

[all chuckle]

Could the man be any more perfect?

Could this day be any more perfect?

Remember the last time we had a day off with nothing to do?

Sophomore year.


When we got to campus a day before classes started.

We bought a keg using Lana’s fake ID,

and then we drove to Santa Cruz in Will’s van.

Oh my God.

Can you believe I actually had a van?

Can you believe I had a fake ID?



You know, at the south end of the resort,

there’s a beautiful beach you can walk to at low tide.

Is anyone thinking what I’m thinking?

Hell yes.


[“We Got The Beat” by The Go-Go’s playing]

♪ Go-go music really makes us dance ♪

♪ Doing the pony puts us in a trance ♪

♪ The Watusi, just give us a chance ♪

♪ That’s when we fall in line ♪

♪ ‘Cause we got the beat We got the beat, we got the beat ♪

♪ Yeah, we got it! ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

♪ Everybody get on your feet ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

♪ We know you can dance to the beat ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

♪ Jump back, get down ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

♪ Round and round and round ♪

♪ We got the beat ♪

[music fades]

You ready to go?

The photo shoot we did on the beach already has 10,000 likes.

How long has it been up?

Less than an hour.


[groans] Let me see.

Yeah. [exhales]

Hey, give that back.


RJ, I have a lot of work to do.

We’re in paradise, Em. Work can wait.

And you said we would be going into town for drinks, remember?

Just give me ten minutes, okay?

Fine. Whatever you say.

You really aren’t upset that I’m working?

No. Go for it.

[RJ humming “Chapel of Love”]

[keyboard clacking] ♪ Gonna get married ♪

♪ Goin’ to the chapel ♪

♪ And we’re gonna get married… ♪

I can’t concentrate.


♪ Gee, I really love you ♪

♪ And we’re gonna get married ♪

[snapping fingers]


You gonna sing the last line of the song?

No, you said you needed to concentrate.

♪ Going to the chapel of love ♪

♪ Going to the chapel of love ♪

[all applauding]

[RJ chuckles] Thank you. Thank you.

[man] Whoo!

[playful music playing]

Yep. [inhales]

Looks like Auntie Janice is already down for the count.

I’m up. I’m… I’m up.

Why does everything taste better on the beach?

It’s the sand.

[Lana] Hmm.

It is not the sand. It is the company.

Hey, I’ll drink to that.

[in Spanish] Cheers.

[bottles clink]

[in English] Hey, Janice, do you remember that you and I had a pact

that if we weren’t married to other people by the time we were 35,

we’d marry each other?

It was a good plan.

Did it bother you at all that he was gay?

Hmm. A minor inconvenience.

Then she had to run off with someone else.

Yes. Franco. The chef.

I never understood what you saw in that guy.

I mean, besides the omelets.


[Janice] Ugh.

The music stopped, and he was available.

Oh, he was very available…

[Clay] Mmm.

…even after they got married.

Well, we all make mistakes.

What about you, Will?

Any mistakes along the way?

That’s a hard question to answer.

Come on, you guys, it’s, uh, getting too serious.

Change the subject.

[Clay] Good idea.

Now, what would we be doing right now if we were on that beach in Santa Cruz?

[chuckles] We can’t do that.

Why not?

Because we are not 18 anymore.

[Scott] Thank you.

What, you think you gotta be 18 to still have fun? Who’s with me?

You do know that the resort has a strict no nudity policy, right?

I mean, we’re on a deserted beach. There’s nobody here.

I mean, when are we gonna get another moment like this?

Okay, are you really gonna make me get up?

[Clay chuckles]

I’m in if Lana’s in.

Uh, I… I don’t know.

I’ll race you!

[Scott] Oh, no.

No, wait.


[all panting]

[all chuckling]

[Janice] Oh yeah!

[Scott] Yeah!

[all] Whoo!

[camera shutter clicking]

[chill house music playing]

Uh, ladies, can I get you to sit up a little bit more?


[all laugh]


Perfect. This guy.

[man 1] I knew she was going down!

Okay, that’s enough for now.

All right, everyone, take five.

Hey, Em, what’s up?


Em, hang on.

It’s not nothing.

Come on.

Did your father ever tell you why he left my mom?

All he said was that it was complicated.

She said she never saw it coming.

That he was always out there, having a good time,

and she never even knew anything was wrong.

And you think I’m like him?

I mean, you definitely have some of the same little quirks.

And some of them piss you off.

No. [sighs] It… it’s not that.

It’s just…

It’s like… you’re always on.

And I don’t know if I should trust it.


You’re kidding, right?

What if you’re not sure about us,

and you’re trying to hide how you really feel?

And then, one day, you realize you made a huge mistake, and then…

Listen to me.

I don’t know what went on between your mom and my dad.

But whatever it was, it happened to them, not us.

But if it happened to them…

I’m not my dad, Em.

And if I’m hiding anything,

it’s how much I love you.

Because if I’m being honest, it scares me.

You’re everything.

You’re the sun,

you’re the moon, you’re… the stars.

Now you’re just being sappy.

What’s wrong with sappy?

[upbeat music playing]

I don’t remember the next morning being this… uncomfortable.

It was worth it.

Why are you yelling?

And why is it so hot?

You could go through menopause here and not know it.

[groans] Well, well, well.


I see you two are going incognito today.

[sighs] We partied a little too hard last night.

Oh, good for you.

Yeah, some of us don’t metabolize like we used to.

Grandma over here, she’s, uh, nursing a hangover.

Oh. So was this an official wedding event, or…

Mmm, it was more of a private event under a full moon.

I didn’t know the moon was full last night.

Believe me, there was lots of moon. [chuckles]

Um, how was clinic?

It was good. You know, lots of interesting people.

But, uh, I think I’m just gonna take it easy today.

I’ll drink to that.

[breathes sharply] Maybe I won’t.


[Janice exhales]

I was wondering, seeing as we didn’t get much time the other night,

would you like to go to dinner later on?

You and me?

I know you got a lot going on. You’re busy, you’ll make an excuse…

I’d love to.

You would?

Sounds like a great idea.

I’ll meet you in the lobby at seven.

[Lana] Okay.

I’m looking forward to it.


So explain to me what just happened.

Yesterday made me realize

that Will and I don’t always have to be so tense all the time.

[inhales deeply]

Yeah, we can just be chill and support our kids.

And meanwhile, Lucas is terrific.

You were right. It is time for me to spread my wings.

Hell yes!

I like this new you.

[chuckles] Oh.

[phone vibrating]

Hmm. Harley wants me to meet him at the fitness center.

Well, if he asks, I’m available.

[imitates motorcycle]

This is so, so not right.



Okay. Yeah.


Will. What are you doing here?

I’m not sure.

Harley, you wanna clue us in?

Security had a meeting this morning,

and I thought I ought to give you the heads-up.

Security? That sounds, uh, serious.

It is.

An incident yesterday upset some of our very important guests from corporate.

What kind of incident?

Indecent exposure on hotel property.

That’s just awful.

Did the guests give you a description of these hooligans?

Well, they didn’t have to.

We have security cameras everywhere on the property

if you’d like to see the footage.


[inhales] You said the beach was deserted.

I didn’t know about the cameras.

Look, Harley, this was all my fault.

Yes, Harley, do you think that we could just at least

keep this between us?

[women giggling]

Sure. Just as long as it doesn’t happen again.

It won’t.

No, not in a million years.

Oh, and, um, Janice says hello.

Tell her she’s… very photogenic.


They have footage. What are we gonna do?

Not a thing. Who could have seen it besides Harley and security?

[women giggling]

Okay, besides Harley, security, and housekeeping?

And the entire world.

That’s why they’re smiling at us.

Hmm. It is called the land of smiles.

Mom! How could you do this?

Em, if you’re talking about the beach…

I can’t believe you guys.

Camala is beyond upset.

Do you want me to call Camala?

God, no.

You have been incredibly rude to her.

You know one bad word from her, and Discovery would totally drop me?

Okay, that is not…

Are you trying to sabotage this event?

You don’t want me to get married, do you?

I never said that.

No, but you thought it.

That’s funny. You used to make that same face when you got mad.

Stay out of it!

Stay out of it!

Em, I have done everything that you have asked me to do.

I have agreed to wear a dress that makes me look like Morticia Addams.

I’m supposed to deliver a speech that has been written by somebody else.

You are losing sight of what’s important.

You’re losing who you are.

Emma, I haven’t heard one word

about the charity that you said you were going to promote.

Not one. Everything’s happening so fast.

It’s no wonder that you are confused.

I’m not confused at all!

Camala works for our corporate parent,

and whether you like it or not, they’re very important to me.

Well, they may be your parent, but I am your mother.

Emma, weddings are supposed to be about family, not just a photo op.

Well, if you’re having such a lousy time, why don’t you just leave?


Emma! [sighs]

What was that all about?

It’s gonna be okay. She needs her space.

Well, maybe she’s right. I should go home and get out of her way.

You don’t want that, and neither does she.

What am I supposed to do?

Separate corners. Come on.

[gentle music playing]

Harley told me about this great spot up the coast.

[Lana] Okay, but I have to be back in an hour.

[Will] I got you.

[gentle music continues]


[music fades]

I really needed this.

I know.

You know me pretty well, don’t you?

Well, some things you never forget.

No matter how hard you try.

[Lucas sighs]

[in Thai] Hello.

[woman] Hello.

[in English] Can I get the one right here with the hyacinths?

Thank you.

[engine sputtering]


What’s wrong?

Hang on.

Uh, go ahead and give it a try.

[engine sputtering]

Ah, dammit.

No, the battery’s dead.

No. No, no. No, no, no. No, you see, I’ve got a fitting.

I cannot be late.

Emma will literally kill me.

All right. Just take it easy, okay?

The resort will send someone out here to pick us up.

[line beeping]

That’s strange.

There’s no service.

[Lana] Ugh!

Why would the phone company put cellphone towers all the way out here?

So the pelicans can text each other?

Pelicans aren’t native to this region, and they don’t have opposable thumbs, so…

Okay, not the point.

The point is we gotta work the problem and come up with a solution.

Well, that’s a great idea. All we’d need

is a 20-mile-long jumper cable that stretches back to the hotel.

No, what we need is for someone to give us a lift back. Simple.

Except we’re halfway to Mars,

and we have not seen another car all afternoon.

Come on, we just gotta hoof it.

Hoof it? That’ll take hours. And I’m in flip-flops. No.

You come on.

Wait. Where are you going?

We will have a much better chance of being spotted

if we light a signal fire on the beach and flag down a boat.



Lana. Have you seen this terrain?

[girl 1sighs]


[girl 2 scoffs]

Your mother is an hour and a half late.

I keep texting her, but she’s not answering.

Let’s not waste any more time.

Take a look at these proofs and tell me what you think.

They’re great. [sighs]

But are there any of the family?

We’ll get some at the ceremony.

And I don’t see anything I can use for the Ocean Institute.

Emma, I thought we were on the same page.

What’s good for the company brand is good for your brand.

[girl 2] This one?

Uh-uh. No.

We are on the same page.

[Will] Oh wow. This must be the place Harley was talking about.

[Lana] Wow. It is beautiful.

Yeah, okay, I get it now. Some boats will definitely pass by there.

[Will sighs]

All right, it was a good idea.

[Lana] Do you remember how to make a fire?

You got a lighter?


[birds chirping]

[RJ exhales]

You wanna talk about it?

It’s my mom.

She never showed for her fitting this afternoon.

I swear, RJ, that woman is deliberately out to ruin my life.

You don’t really believe that.

Oh, no, she’s driving me totally crazy.

Do you know she actually said that I’m losing sight of who I am?

What? That’s… crazy.

She has no idea how hard it is to be her daughter.

She’s so smart, and she’s right, even when she shouldn’t be,

and I hate her for it.

But… but then I hate myself

because I know she’s just being a mom,

and she’s just trying to help, even if she is totally clueless.

Which is what I’m gonna be someday if we ever have kids.

But then I realize they’ll be lucky

if I’m even half as good of a mom as she is.

[RJ] Hmm.

Sounds like you really need to talk to your mom.

[RJ kissing]

[Emma] Harley!


Have you seen my mom?

Yeah, she went for a drive with Will. I loaned them a jeep.

Well, it’s getting kinda late.

[Harley] And you’re worried about her?


Well, don’t. I’ll go and get my boat.

I thought you said they drove.

They did, but if I know those two, they’ll be at the beach at Lover’s Cove.

What makes you think that?


[thoughtful music playing]

[Will] Well, this is fun.

We always knew how to have fun.

Yes, we did.

And it looks like being an Eagle Scout finally paid off.

You were never an Eagle Scout.


I guess we really do know everything about each other, huh?

Keeps us honest.

Hey, speaking of being honest, we should talk.

No. We should not.

Lana, please, just hear me out.

You ended that conversation 30 years ago.

Why should I listen to anything that you have to say now?

[Will] Hang on. I ended the conversation?

You’re the one who changed your number and moved.

Okay, so you wanna talk about this. Fine. Let’s talk.

I did that because I had to protect myself.

It took me a long time to get over you.

Well, it took…

But it made me strong.

And I got my life back together.

So that when Emma’s dad died, I…

I knew that I would be all right because I had lost someone before.

Can I get a word in here somewhere?

[Lana] And then you married RJ’s mom.

I married Emma’s dad. And you forgot all about me.

So, if you’ll excuse me, I need some air.

And, yes, I know that we are outside, but the air is better here.

[tender music playing]

[Lana sighing]

For God’s sakes, Lana.

I didn’t forget about you.

You sure didn’t care much about me, or you wouldn’t have just up and left.

I didn’t leave because of you.

I was just so damn lost back then, and you were so on track

getting scholarship offers to all the top graduate programs.

You knew exactly what you wanted out of life. I didn’t.

I thought I was dragging you down,

and honestly, I didn’t even think you’d notice me being gone.

If I had known any of that, I could have helped you out.

Yeah, but don’t you see? I needed to help myself first.

I needed to figure out who I was.

How to be more than just your “good time guy.”

I needed to feel worthy of you.


I already loved you.

Lana, look, I’m… [sighs]

I’m not saying I didn’t mess up. I messed up big time.

But by the time I realized it, you had already completely shut me out.

Oh, so now it’s my fault?

No, it’s nobody’s fault, okay? It’s just life.

But that’s why I decided to come back to get you.

I found your office address, and I got on a plane back to California,

and I showed up at your lab.

You did?

[Will] Yes, I did.

But they told me you had just taken off on your honeymoon.

So I went back to Hartford.

I met RJ’s mother a month after that, and we eloped three months later.

But the marriage didn’t last because we didn’t love each other.

We couldn’t. Because I was still in love with you.

[tender music continues]

You came back for me?

[Will] Yes, I did.

And now,

by some incredible, inexplicable miracle,

we’ve been given another chance. I mean, if that’s something you even want.

I don’t know. But if it is…

let’s not waste it.

If it didn’t work out then,

what makes you think it’s gonna work out now?

Well, for one thing, we’re actually talking now,

and we didn’t then.

We won’t make the same mistakes this time.

We’ll make different ones.

[Will] Probably.

But we’ll make them together.

We’re different people now.

I guess I was a little intense back then.

You… You guess?

[scoffs] Come on.

Listen, you tell me that you don’t have any feelings for me right now,

and I will never bring it up again.

You mean like when I’m not ready to kill you?

That counts as a feeling.

[horn honks]

[Lana breathes deeply]

[music fades]

[chill music playing]

[man 1] You should take her to Koh Samui. It’s beautiful at this time of the year.

[man 2] Well, we’re planning on going. I think the flights are all sold out.

[Lana sighs]

[Will] I can give you a hand with that.

[Lana] Hey, Lucas.

These are for you.

Oh, thank you. Thank you. I’m really so sorry.

Emma and I, we had a fight, and so Will and I took a drive, and then…

I figured something came up.

Can we have dinner another night?

Uh, I…

[cell phone ringing]

You know, I think you have enough on your plate right now.

Oh, Lucas. Will and I…

Lana, I’m trying to be a good sport about this.

Let’s not make it harder than it already is.

[Lana chuckles softly]

You really are special, you know that?

Look, if the two of you don’t work out,

you got my number, right?

I’ll keep you on speed dial.

I don’t think speed dial is a thing anymore.

But you can put me in your favorites on your phone.

Yeah, I knew that. [chuckles]

[breathes deeply]

So that was the office again?

[Will] Yeah, it was nothing important.

[Emma] Mom!

[gasps] Oh!

You all right?

I’m so glad you’re all right.

Of course we’re all right.

I don’t want you to leave. I really don’t.

I love you so much.

I love you too.

[Lana] Oh, baby.

[Camala] Emma! Emma, there you are.

We need to get some candids of you and the bridesmaids

while your mother has her fitting.

Better late than never, Mama Winslow.

Okay, I asked you not to call me that.

You know what? My mom’s gonna wear whatever she wants to the wedding,

and so are the bridesmaids.

And she’ll write her own toast.

[Lana] I am?

You are.

I don’t think that’s a good idea.

Well, I think it’s a great idea.

And you can cancel everything on the schedule

starting right now until the rehearsal dinner.

I’m gonna be really busy spending time with my family.

I like the sound of that.

[RJ] Finally.

But the schedule…

Camala, I know you’ve worked really hard, and you’re the best in the business.

But it’s my wedding.

So it’s my call.

But, Emma, don’t you think…

Oh, you know what?

A little bit of advice.


Have a Mai Tai.

[camera shutter clicking]

Hey, stop that!

Stop that!

[“Vacation” by Priya Ragu playing]

♪ Time out, just to find out ♪

♪ Sign out, I need to wind down ♪

♪ Forgot, who I was, how I was ♪

♪ Lost in the madness ♪

♪ No rest, even when the lights out ♪

♪ Like birds do, I need to fly south ♪

♪ Good Lord, come down, set me free ♪


♪ I think we just need to slow down ♪

♪ Why we always so loud, loud? ♪

♪ I don’t wanna lose that feeling ♪

♪ I just want a healing, healing ♪


♪ Slow down Why we always so loud, loud? ♪

♪ Far away is so appealing, All I know is ♪

♪ I need a vacation ♪


♪ Just a little break from ♪

♪ All the extra baggage Been weighing me down ♪

♪ Let’s cut the conversation Meet me at the station ♪

♪ I’m throwing up the deuces ‘Cause we’re leaving this town ♪

♪ I need a vacation ♪

♪ just a little break from ♪

♪ All the extra baggage Been weighing me down ♪

♪ Let’s cut the conversation ♪

[glass clinking]

[Lana clears throat]

Wow, everyone looks absolutely wonderful.

I can’t believe we’re here. [chuckles]

And that my little girl is getting married

to an incredible young man.

So I, uh, worked on this toast all night,

trying to make it perfect.

But then I thought about what Emma’s dad would say.

That trying to give a perfect toast

is not nearly as good as giving one from the heart.

And we all miss him a lot.

But I know that he’s here.

He’s here with us in spirit.

[sniffles] And he’d be really proud.

So… let me just give you one little bit of advice.

No matter what happens,

no matter where the road takes you,

never give up on each other.

Never give up on your love.

And I’m sorry if I’m gonna be corny.

Never give up on happily ever after.

And I love you.

[tender music playing]

To Emma and RJ.

[all] Cheers!

[all applauding]

[upbeat music playing]

Yeah, we’re all cool.

Thank you so much for coming.

[Lana] No, not at all, actually.

I take it that you two knew each other before Emma and RJ met?

Well, we went to college together.


You’re the ones in the video that everyone is talking about.

[chuckles] Well, we, uh…

[Will] We take the Fifth.

Yep. [mumbles]

Um, hey, I have to take this. Will you excuse me?



Do you mind if I borrow Father Harit for a moment?

Not at all.

[Janice] Mm-hmm.

You and Will looked pretty cozy.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. What exactly happened at Lover’s Cove?

I… I need to pee.

Uh, we’re gonna torture it out of you.

Will’s gonna tell me anyway.

[Will] Look, we keep going back and forth on this.

Okay. Okay, I hear you.

Can we please not argue?

Katrina, listen to me.

You know I can’t live without you.

No. No, she doesn’t know.


Katrina, I promise I’ll make it up to you, okay?


[indistinct chatter]

[Lana] Emma. Hey, honey.

[Emma] Hey, are you all right?

Yeah, I’m… I’m fine. I’m totally fine.

It was a really, really beautiful rehearsal.

Camala outdid herself.

You seem flushed. Are you sure?

I’m fine. Yeah, really. Totally fine.

And I’m gonna go to bed a bit early ’cause, um, it’s a big day tomorrow.

Okay. I think I’m gonna call it a night pretty soon too.

Okay, all right. I’ll see you in the morning.

[RJ] Dad!


It’s catch-up time.

Yeah, you are way behind. Vamos.

Arriba, abajo, al Centro, pa’ dentro!

[upbeat music plays]

[music fades]

[crickets chirping]

How could I have been so stupid?

You know you’re not stupid.

Will just makes you stupid.

Of course he’s hiding something.

Why am I even surprised?

Because you wanted to believe it.

I wanted to believe it.

With Emma leaving…

[somber music playing]

…I wanted to believe it too.

I just wanted to…

Like, maybe I wouldn’t have to be alone for the rest of my life. [whimpers]

I know.

Call Sexy Doogie Howser.


I am not calling Lucas.

Trust me, that young stud will make you forget

why you were ever unhappy in the first place.

Janice, you have to promise me.

Not a word of this to anyone.

Promise me.

I cannot let Emma down.

You never have. And you never will.

Bring it in.

I love you.

[Lana] I love you.

[knocking on door]

[Lana breathes deeply]


[Emma] Mom?


[door opening]



What are you doing up so late?

Can we talk?

You seemed really upset.

Oh, no, honey. I’m fine.

See? That’s so you.

You’re always worrying about everyone else and never yourself.

No, I don’t.

[Emma] Mom, you do.

You’ve been doing it for 20 years.

[tender music playing]

I mean, I get it.

I was only eight when Dad had his accident.

And I don’t think I ever really appreciated

how much you’ve put yourself aside to look after me.

I’m your mama.

But I’m all grown up now,

and I have RJ.

Everything’s about to change.

So… you don’t need me anymore?

No, of course I need you.

[tender music continues]

[Lana breathes deeply]

You can just take care of me a bit less

and take care of yourself a little bit more.

Who taught you to be so mature?


I promised myself I would not cry till the wedding.

But tomorrow, all bets are off.



Can I stay here tonight?

Do you promise to go to sleep?

I promise.

[Lana] You get over here.

[both chuckling]

[indistinct mumbles]

All right. [breathes deeply]

[cheerful music playing]


[Scott, Clay chuckling]

Um, could everyone please take their seats?

Okay. Here we go.

See you.

Cue the processional.

[cheerful music continues]

[Camala] Okay, now the bridesmaids and groomsmen.

[camera shutter clicking]

And we’re a go for the bride.

[breathes deeply]

You ready?

[music halts]

Dearly beloved,

we are gathered here today

to join Emma and Richard in holy matrimony.

Marriage is a holy estate that one should not enter into lightly.

So, if there’s someone here who feels that this couple

should not be joined in holy matrimony,

speak up now or forever hold your peace.

Does having a liar as a father-in-law count?

[woman 1] What?

[woman 2] Huh?

Uh, did you have something to share?

[Janice] No.

Please continue.

Security on standby, thank you.

What’s up with Lana?

I have no idea.

Did you have something to share?

No. We’re, uh… We’re cool.

Sorry. [clears throat]


[Harit] Richard, do you take Emma to be your lawfully wedded wife?

Do you promise to love, honor, cherish, and to protect her,

forsaking all others and holding only unto her forevermore?

I do.

Emma, do you take Richard to be your lawfully wedded husband?

Do you promise to love, to honor, to cherish, and to protect him,

forsaking all others and holding only unto him forevermore?

I do.


Keep it together.

Mmm. Mm-hmm.

[Lana whimpering]

[Lana gasping]

Richard, please place a ring on Emma’s left hand and repeat after me,

“With this ring, I thee wed.”

With this ring, I thee wed.


Emma, please place a ring on Richard’s left hand,

and repeat after me.

“With this ring, I thee wed.”

With this ring, I thee wed.


Mom, are you okay?

Mm-hmm. Mmm.

We’re having a mother meltdown. A mother meltdown.

Have makeup on standby for touch-ups.

Go. Continue.

Well, by the power vested in me, I pronounce you husband and wife.

You may now kiss the bride.

[all cheering]

[cheerful music playing]

[all] Yeah!



[cheering continues]

[breathes deeply]

[all] Yeah!

[cheering continues]

[cheering fades]

[joyful music playing faintly]

So beautiful. Congratulations.

Oh, thank you.


So, I guess we’re officially family now.

Emma needs to go change for the send-off, and I have to help her.

Hey, good stuff, Pastor.

[Lana] Camala.

[Camala] Lana.

[Lana] It was so beautiful!

Thank you!

Lana. Can we talk?

I’m leaving right after the kids.

[Will] Lana.

What is going on between the two of them?

I have absolutely no idea.

Oh my God. You always were a terrible liar.

Did Janice say anything at all about what’s going on with Lana?

Not a word.

Which means it’s worse than you think.

Here they come.

[all cheering]

[cheerful music playing]

[Will] Hey.

Have a great trip, guys.

[RJ] Thank you, Dad, for everything.

[Emma] Thank you.


[Will] All right.


Um, come on, you guys, the boat’s waiting for you.

Uh, t… throw the bouquet.

[Emma] Oh.

[woman 1] Yeah, yeah.

[indistinct chatter]

[gentle music playing]

[women cheer]

[women gasp]

Okay. Time-out.

Everybody just stop.

Can you please explain to me why you are so pissed off?

And can you please not make a scene?

Lana, please just tell me what’s going on.

I deserve that much.

You deserve many things, but I will not let you ruin this beautiful wedding.

Well, actually, the wedding is already over. Am I right?

Yeah. Sorry.

And you dodged that bouquet like it was a live grenade.

[scoffs] I did no such thing.

Mom, actually, you kinda did.

[Lana] Okay.

I’m not speaking to you

because I will not let you ruin my life a second time.

But the one thing that I will tell you

is “thank you” for stopping me from getting in too deep.

Now you two can now go.

Happy honeymoon.

We’re staying.

Yeah, we wanna see what happens.

Oh, trust me, there’s nothing more to see.

[Will] Just cut the crap, Winslow, will you?

I’ve known you since you were 18. You’re holding something back.

Just tell me what’s going on.

[inhales] Okay, I’ll tell you.

When we were stuck on that beach at Lover’s Cove, did you not beg me for a second chance?

Did you tell me that you never stopped loving me?

I did. And I meant it.

Well, it just so happens that I heard you on the phone last night, and I bet it’s to the same person who’s been calling you the entire time that we’ve been here.


[Lana] So?

You can run, but this time, you cannot hide.

Who is Katrina? The woman that you cannot live without?

[woman] Excuse me.

I am Katrina.

[indistinct chatter]

You’re… You’re Katrina?

Lana, meet Katrina Kovalenko, my personal assistant.

She’s worked for me for 20 years and regularly threatens to quit

because I ask her to do outrageous things, like jump on a plane

and fly to a remote resort on a one-day notice.

I deserve big raise.

We’ll talk about that later.

So it was your assistant who was calling you the whole time,

and she’s not your girlfriend?

Please. [chuckles]

Too scrawny.

But why did you fly her all the way here?

Because I was worried that you were falling for that doctor.

Lucas? You… You were jealous of Lucas?

[Will] Yes, I was jealous.

So I asked her to get on a plane so that she could bring me this.

[all murmuring excitedly]

Now I bought this for you when we were 22.

And for whatever reason, I’ve held on to it for all these years,

even though I didn’t think I’d ever see you again.

But here we are.

So how about it?

[woman gasps] Ooh!

[all gasp]

Will you finally marry me?

I… I…

I can’t.

[Emma] Mom.

Yes. Yes, you can. Think about it.

[scoffs] I already have.

Lana. Lana. Lana, stop. Lana.


What happened to never giving up on happily ever after?

I don’t deserve it. And I don’t deserve you.

What do you mean you don’t deserve me?

I didn’t trust you, and then I messed everything up because I’m such an idiot.

No, no. Hey, hey, hey. Listen to me.

Life is messy, okay? Because nobody is perfect,

including you and me, but dammit, we are perfect for each other.

Huh? Don’t you see that we are so perfect for each other?

So what do you say?

[inhales sharply]

To what?

For the love of God, woman!

[tender music playing]

Will you or won’t you marry me?

Yes. [chuckles]

To the “I will” part. Not to the “I won’t” part.

So that’s no to the I won’t part and yes to the…

Come here.

[Janice chuckles]

[all cheering]

[tender music playing]

[camera shutter clicking]

[Lana grunts]

[all gasp]

[indistinct chatter, laughter]

[“I’m Good (Blue)” [by David Guetta & Bebe Rexha playing]

[all] Aw!


♪ I’m good, yeah, I’m feelin’ all right ♪

♪ Baby, I’mma have the best Freakin’ night of my life ♪

♪ And wherever it takes me I’m down for the ride ♪

♪ Baby, don’t you know I’m good? Yeah, I’m feelin’ all right ♪

♪ I’m good ♪

♪ Don’t you know I’m good? Yeah, I’m feelin’ all right ♪

[“Dong” by Bear Knuckle playing]


[music halts]

[cheering continues]

[gentle music playing]

[music halts]


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