Them – S01E03 – Day 4 [Transcript]

Henry surprises the girls. Lucky goes to Hazel's. Betty makes an impression. Lucky takes the bus.
Them (2021 TV Series)

Original release date: April 9, 2021

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[woman] ♪ Gone are the days ♪

♪ When my heart was young and gay ♪

♪ Gone are the toils ♪

♪ From the cotton fields away ♪♪

[woman] Cat in a bag. Cat in a bag!


[floor creaks]

[zipper unzips]


[Tommy laughs]

Get back here.

Give me that stick.


[Tommy] Mommy!


♪ ♪

[Hazel] Hello?

[Lucky] Hazel?

[Hazel] Lucky Emory?

Girl, that’s you.

It’s me.

Whoo, Lord!

Was wondering how long Henry was gonna keep y’all hidden up in fancy-ass East Compton.

Are you loving it?


The truth is, Hazel, if I don’t get out of here today,

I might just slap a bitch.

[Hazel laughs]

I recognized you.

Saw the minute you walked through the door.

You’re the type no longer willing to be sold any more shoddy merchandise.

[chuckles] You know what I’m talking about.

I bet that last hat you bought just didn’t hold up.

[chuckles] You were hoodwinked.

That’s why I’m only gonna show you but one piece of equipment.

You deserve to enjoy the same home entertainment system that I enjoy.

Is that right?

Oh, that’s a fact.

And if my wife bragged to her neighbors, just imagine your wife’s pleasure.

How her friends will gawk when they get a load of a Motorola.

My mama doesn’t have any friends.

Well, she will now.

Sears and Roebuck has it for less.


I’ll talk to the owner.

See what I can do.

So, look…

[girls chuckle]

How about we stop waiting for your mama to come with us to the pictures.

How about we bring the pictures home to your mama, huh?

Then we can all watch together.

All right.

Well, how about free home delivery? How’s that sound?

We’ll take it.

[Gracie squeals]

I bet you got a hundred cousins.

Well, they’ll all want to sleep over now.

[distorted cheering over TV]

[distorted cheering grows louder]

[Ruby] Daddy. Daddy.

♪ ♪

Uh, how long?

About two hours?

Two hours?


For you.

Bet you got a hundred cousins appreciate an ice cream cone.

[both chuckling]


I’m afraid we’ll have to cut our coffee short today.

I’ve got the girls coming over to…

Well, it’s been bedlam around here lately.

No, no. If you’re having guests, I don’t want to be a bother.

N-No, I didn’t mean this second, George.

I just meant we couldn’t have our usual time, that’s all.

No, right, of course.

[music playing faintly]

Are you sure you’re okay?

You talk.

About anything.



Trade secret. Chocolate milk?

Brown cows.

[both laughing]

George Bell.

I do believe you are taking advantage of gullible housewives and their lack of knowledge regarding animal husbandry.

I see any gullible housewives, I’ll let you know.

Have you tried one of these shortbread cookies yet?

They’re from…

Have you ever been on a working farm, Betty?

Mrs. Wendell.

If you ever…


If you ever just need a place to just… get away from it all…

I’m not sure a married woman can just go off to a gentleman’s farm whenever she feels like it, George.

Oh, no. I didn’t…

Of course, Clarke, too.

Both of you. You know, as my guests.

No, I didn’t mean to imply you were…

No, not at all.

No, I just…

But my offer stands.

You… and Clarke, come.

Clear your heads away from all this.

What are you doing this evening?

Y’all got me spending all my money.

[Ruby and Henry laugh]

♪ Let’s go sunning, it’s so good for you ♪

♪ Let’s go sunning…

[whispers] Where do we sit?

Right up front.

Come on.

♪ Happy as the day you were born ♪

♪ Let’s go native ♪

♪ Sun your cares away ♪

♪ Be creative, learn to live and play… ♪

Will it be an egg cream, a frappe or an ice-cream float?

Two root beer floats and a coffee, please.

Sure. Coming right up.

[Ruby and Henry chuckle]

[♪ Minnie Riperton: “Les Fleurs”]

♪ For all of these simple things and much more ♪

♪ A flower was born ♪

♪ It blooms to spread love and joy, faith and hope ♪

♪ To people forlorn ♪

♪ Inside every man ♪

♪ Lives the seed of a flower ♪

♪ If he looks within ♪

♪ He finds beauty and power ♪

[man] Afternoon, ma’am.

♪ Ring all the bells ♪

♪ Sing and tell the people everywhere ♪

♪ That the flower has come ♪

♪ Light up the sky with your prayers of gladness ♪

♪ And rejoice, for the darkness is gone ♪

♪ Throw off your fears, let your heart beat freely ♪

♪ At the sign that a new time is born ♪♪


Come on out here.

Right here.

She went out.

You must be a doctor or such, Mr. Emory.

[Henry chuckles]

No. But, uh, thanks.

[Eddie] You know, for a couple more dollars, we can put it all together for you.

Set up your antenna on the roof.

[chuckles] I got it from here.

Thanks again.

You’re welcome.

Thank you.

How long you lived here?



Oh, um, just a few days. Why?

[Eddie] Got two more stops.

Watch yourself.

[door locks]

[cardboard rustles]

Hey! Slow down, maniacs.

[Ruby laughs]

[Henry laughs]

Stop it!

[Henry] Hey. Hey.

[muffled music playing]

[indistinct chatter]


Oh, good, you found us!

I heard all about you from Cousin Henry.

You have to tell me what Compton’s really like.


Let me take your things.

Oh, goodness. I’m so sorry.

I should have brought a cake.

[Hazel] Now, what is all this all about?


And I ain’t seen you since you was nine years old.

I should’ve bought some fudge.

Yeah, she forgot to bring cake.

I should’ve gone to the store.


Oh, baby, I’m glad you came empty-handed.

Get your beautiful self over here.

♪ Oh, yeah… ♪

Now, when you come over here, you ain’t got to worry about bringing nothing but your pretty self.

Hazel got you.

Come on. Get yourselves up out the way.

Go on, june bug. Take your friends, go.

Set yourself down right here.


I’m-a go get you a cocktail.

[knock on door]

Get that for me, Cynthia, baby.

Hi, Cynthia. I had an appointment.

Oh, hi.

Oh, Lord, it must be Rosalie. You the only one ain’t get the message I had canceled all appointments for today because I want you to meet my cousin’s wife Lucky.


Hi. Do me after her?

Look at her. Does she look like she need her hair did?

Honey, she from Compton.

That’s her real hair. [laughs]

Get yourself on over here.

Look, I will hold all day Saturday for you.

Just let me hold two dollars.

Next Saturday?

Hair looking like Sojourner Truth by then.

That ain’t got nothing to do with me.

And why I got to pay you in advance of an appointment we had today?

To hold next Saturday.

And I thought we was eating, girl.

I barely ate.

Give me two dollars.

Come back in an hour. Junius!



There she is. [chuckles]


All grown.

[Junius chuckles]

It’s good to see you.

Good to see you.

[both chuckle softly]

Lucky’s in the building, y’all!


Come on, now! Let’s go!

Come on!

[Hazel] Here you go, baby.

It’s called a bullshot.

What? No.

Vodka, beef stock and Worcestershire sauce.


It’s good.



Now, go on and tell them.

Horrible. Simply just… Tell them.

[Carol Lynn] Well, Tommy’s a…

I mean, we had to use the belt plenty of times.

He’s not a saint, but…

[Betty] Nobody’s saying

Tommy’s an angel, but I think we’re all missing the bigger point here.

Well, tell us the point, Betty.

I have to put dinner on the table.

Some of us have little mouths to feed.

The point is none of your… none of our children deserve to be beaten with a branch from a tree.


Oh, my God, a tree?

[Betty] Now, let her finish. Go on.

She never beat him.

Go on, tell them.

Oh. I saw Tommy running like a…

And then that Negress, she…

Was wielding…

In her hand.

Oh, she had a stick.

I saw it.

Did anyone else see her holding a gun in her hand yesterday, or was that also just me?

Uh, I don’t know.

Midge and Dale maybe had the right idea.


Well, I could tell Marty, and I bet he could bring it up at the HOA meeting tonight.

There’s no need.

Clarke’s prepared a presentation.

With Dale gone, someone has to lead the charge.

And that would be Clarke?


He knows all the things to say, and we were one of the first families to buy here.

[metal clinking]

[Gracie humming]

[Earl] Light his ass up, Marty.


Gracie, inside now.


[Marty] That’s right, little girl.

Go on. Go on and play.

[Earl] Hey! Come on down, buck.

About goddamn time.



Why don’t you come down here.

Need a word.

Before or after you pick up that beer can?

Must have slipped out of my hands.

Now, that bitch wife of yours put hands on my boy.

So you and us gonna talk.

Sir, I’ve got children in my house.

Goddamn it, we’ve got children.

The hell did I just tell you?

That my wife touched your child.

Well, maybe not touched, but… but scared him pretty good.

Why don’t you let him come down and tell his side of the story.

There’s no “his side,” Clarke.

You coming down, or we coming up?

You come up, you’re coming down a lot faster.

If I come down there, story’s gonna end the same way.

Just gonna take a little longer.

Real tough, huh, buck?

We said we’d take care of this at the meeting tonight.

We’re taking care of it now.

Hey, you coming down or not?

I need you to ask.

He ain’t asking, he’s telling.

I need you to ask, so when I give you what you’re asking for, we don’t have any misunderstanding.

You threatening us?

All right, you first.

Then you. Then you.

Uh, there’s three of us.

Coons are as strong as apes.

[static electricity buzzing]

Ask me.


Was your kid.

Jesus Christ.

Keep that fucking mammy away from my kid.

You hear me?

Got our eyes on you, King Kong.

[overlapping chatter]

[glass clinking]

[Junius] Hold up, hold up, hold up.

Now, now, look here. We ain’t seen Lucky since Abe done signed that paper, right? I say we hold ’em up.



[Junius] Come on, now.

[Hazel] Great idea.

[Lucky] I’d like to deliver… I’d like to deliver a toast. [laughing]


Thank you, Hazel.

For the ham.

For everything.

And to everybody here.

Even though I don’t know y’all and, and you don’t know me ’cause we all lost touch.

But I…

It’s okay, baby. Take your time.

I feel welcome here with family.

And y’all come, too.

Y’all come to Compton.

It’s not even that far. You can come visit.

Thank you. [laughs]

[all laugh]


[all] Cheers.

[all laugh]

So, where y’all at over in Compton?

Over on Palmer Drive.


You heard about that family…

Hey, hey, hey. She don’t need to hear all that yang now.

Wait, what?

Girl, a colored family moved over there.

They say the wife skinned the kids, the husband shrank their heads.

[Junius] You always talking that unsubstantiated shit.

Whatever, whatever. Either way, that ain’t shit we do unless…

[Rosalie] White folks drive ’em to it.

[Hazel] You need to listen more and less of this.

To Luck.

‘Cause, baby, you gonna need it.

To Luck, everyone.

[all] To Luck.


[glasses clinking]

[phone ringing]

[Henry] Gracie, don’t touch the metal. It’s hot.

What did he just say?

[Henry] Hello?

[Hazel speaking indistinctly over phone]



I’m not saying she shouldn’t. I’m not saying she shouldn’t.

Y’all having fun.

Yeah, I-I bet you are.


Next time. Next time.

All right. I love you, too.

[Hazel] Bye-bye.

We don’t really have to wait, do we?

Your mama is having supper with Aunt Hazel and them.

[Dragnet theme plays]

[Ruby chuckles]


[narrator] Ladies and gentlemen, the story you are about to see is true.

[all laugh]

…to protect the innocent.

What you need is a wig.

Wouldn’t you be out of business?

You paying me?


Girl, half my dos is wearing wigs.

Ain’t nobody out here wearing their real hair with your country ass.


You treating my cousin right?

Worry about my kitchen, not my man.

Ooh! Mm.


Well, excuse me. I guess Compton got you all uppity.

[chuckles] Oh, we good. We good, though.

All right, now. And, uh, what about them, uh, rusty butts?

There’s three of ’em, ain’t it?

Okay, so you’re tender-headed.

There we go. You know Hazel got you.

Tell you, I raised all five of mines in these three rooms.

[faucet running]

But I guess Compton got some fine space for you, huh?


All kinds of room back home, though.

Not used to being all on top of each other out here.

Well, out here, I walks my fine Black ass, honey, right through my front door.

Fuck a Mr. Jim Crow.

You know what?

Girl, I give you a family discount, you bring them little girls over here.

Ooh, and you may not know, but Junius, honey, he cuts some hair.

As soon as that little boy of yours get old enough, Junius’ll put waves in it, baby, make you seasick.

What his name?

Chester, right?

What’s wrong with you?

You don’t like it?

Well, it’s gonna grow on you.

You come on out here and go to this party. Hmm.

[muffled music playing]

[muffled chatter]

I have-have to go.

I have… It’s time for me to go.

I got to go. I got to go.

Go? No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

I got to go.

Not now, you can’t go.

Look, Henry got the kids.

I called him. It’s all right.

Stay. Please don’t go yet.

Thank you.

[Hazel] You know what, if anything happens, you call me right away, and we come running, Lucky.

[indistinct chatter]

Well, maybe Clarke just got stuck at work.

[Betty] He’ll be here.


The other men work, managed to be here on time.

[Betty] He’ll be here.

Enough pussyfooting around, I’m gonna get this started.

He’s just a couple minutes late, and he’s got it all planned.

Unless being late was part of the plan…

All right, everybody.

If we want a shot at catching tonight’s Martin Kane, Private Eye…

[all laugh]

…let’s get going.

What are we talking about?

Get these coloreds out!

[man] Yeah!

All right, then.

[man 2] That’s right.

Now, me and a couple of the other fellas, we paid a visit to that buck there.

Let him know his time’s almost up.

That’s right.

[Marty] Yup. Earl was there.


[Marty] And we keep the pressure on, you watch.

They won’t have the stomach for this.

[Earl] Mm-hmm.


we’re not talking about violence, per se.

[crowd murmurs]

Should be.

Aggravate a colored’s home just enough, and they’ll be wanting out in no time.

Slow and steady.

This is how we win.

[Len] But how?

But how?

Slow and steady, Len, like I just said.

[indistinct chatter]

I’d like to say something, if I may?


In Compton, in 1900, um, oil was discovered.

I only know that because my father operated the Beverly Hills Oil Field.

He employed something like a thousand men.

Who gave you your job, Marty?

Was it a colored?

Why don’t you take a seat, Betts. We got this under…

Between 1876 and 1900, what were the colored people doing?

Porters. Mammies.

While our fathers and grandfathers built the world.

This world.

Now, I’ve been getting the sense tonight that some of the men here are fine taking it slow and steady.

Well, you know what?

Slow and steady is exactly how mold grows.

You ladies know this.

[woman] You can’t scrub it out.

That’s right.

That’s right. Once it starts, it’s already too late.

You’ll never scrub it out, and then that mold, black and slow, takes over everything.

And that’s why we… you… need to protect what my father… Our fathers… built.

Not slow and steady but goddamned right now.


Right now.

Some of you are treating what’s been earned as a… as a gift instead of a birthright.

In Gardena, they mounted a campaign so purposefully that the one Negro family that dared move in was gone in one week.

Which just goes to prove we have to do this. Us.

And go to jail, Betty?

Doing what it takes to protect your family?

Your home?

If I was a man, be an easy choice for me.

[crowd murmurs]

[chuckles] What else do you expect us to do about it?

Anything would be a step up, Marty.

Let’s just say they’ll start yearning for some of that good old Southern gentility they’re so quick to leave behind.

[crowd laughs]

So, fellas, I’m standing here, asking each and every one of you, who’s down to the business of getting these Negroes gone?

[woman whoops]


That’s right. Good job.

[vehicle approaching]

[brakes squeal]


[thunder rumbling]

♪ ♪

[thunder rumbling]

♪ ♪


No! No! No!






[bus driver] Ma’am!


I’m gonna call the police.

♪ ♪

[engine turns off]

You know, over in West Compton, they got in a lather about a few Negroes moving in, but look at it now.

It’s mostly Negro families.

In fact, I heard their property values went up.

When I was a boy, this was all farmland.

Come out here, didn’t see or hear another person for miles.

All this belonged to me.

These days, I got no place to think.

No place but this, uh… tin can. [chuckles]

Sometimes, late at night…

The pressure.

Feel like I’m going a little stir-crazy.

Anyone would.

You understand?

[whispers] I’m not crazy.

We checked that bus out together, Mrs. Emory.

You, me and the driver.

It was empty.

And then there’s your little display yesterday with your husband’s gun, and today we got a call that you went after the Denton boy with a switch.

Your behavior is starting to paint a picture.

Pretty soon, I may be forced to take a side.

Don’t you want me to be on your side, Mrs. Emory?

I’d like to go home, Officer.

[clears throat]

Tell you what. How about I explain

what happened to your husband?


I do believe it’s possible for your family to fit in real nice here in Compton.

The problem is, you’re going about it the wrong way.

If you want your neighbors to accept you, then you need to make them feel safe.

All right.

[engine starts]


Betts, I’m gonna ask you one more time.

He was up on his roof, just as free as can be.

Didn’t go so well, did it?


You owe me.


[footsteps departing]

[man] [on TV] Well, everyone, we’re just about out of time…

[Henry] Hey.

Starting to get worried.

Girls are in bed.

They tried to stay awake. They wanted to see you.

[man] Good night, everyone.

I wanted to show you this.

Hey, what’s wrong?

You thirsty?

All right.

I know Hazel and them fools can drink.


You’ll be okay.

Get that in you.

Hazel did you right.

The men.

They were pulling me.


Pulling at me.

I can’t see their faces, but I can… I can… No.

Those crackers?

They came over here, talking about how you came after some boy.

It wasn’t…

Did you touch that boy, Luck?

Look, I won’t be mad.

I didn’t touch any… I just need to…


I was on the bus.


I couldn’t see.

All right.

And then there were hands.

Henry, it wasn’t… it wasn’t natural.

I know what happened to me.


What happened to you…

What happened to our boy that day…

That day?

It’s not about that day, Henry.

It’s right now.

It’s this place.

Luck, if those motherfuckers said something or did something to you, I’ll go…

It’s not them.

Not just them.

There is something wrong with this place, Henry.

I can feel it.

Something rotten.

Tell me you believe me.

Luck, I… I need… to hear you say it.

♪ ♪

[liquid sloshing]

♪ ♪

She got to hold it for you when you pee?

Slow and steady this ain’t.

♪ Look at them flames lighting up the sky ♪

♪ Ain’t never seen fire shooting up so high ♪

♪ Look at them flames lighting up the sky ♪

♪ Look at them flames lighting up the sky ♪

♪ I ain’t never seen fire shooting up so high ♪

♪ I ain’t never seen fire shooting up so high ♪

♪ Are you listening, people, to what I’m saying? ♪

♪ ‘Cause it sure looks to me ♪

♪ Like them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Ever since they passed them civil rights ♪

♪ Those fires have been lighting up the nights ♪

♪ And they say they ain’t gonna stop ♪

♪ Till we all have equal rights ♪

♪ Looks to me like them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing, y’all ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Looks like they developed a new Black pride ♪

♪ It even show in the way they now stride ♪

♪ You better look around, y’all ♪

♪ Can’t you see what I’m saying? ♪

♪ Sure looks to me like them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ They sure ain’t ♪

♪ They sure ain’t playing ♪

♪ I think they’re trying to get something started ♪

♪ Oh, yeah? ♪

♪ I’m talking about SNCC ♪

♪ And us and the Black Panther Party ♪

♪ Yeah ♪

♪ Is anyone listening to what I’m saying? ♪

♪ Yeah, man ♪

♪ ‘Cause it sure looks to me ♪

♪ Like them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ 18 billion so far is the claim ♪

♪ Of damage done by looting and flame ♪

♪ Yet look around, there ain’t nothing changed ♪

♪ Nothing’s changed ♪

♪ Not a damn thing ♪

♪ I sure hope somebody is listening to what I’m saying ♪

♪ ‘Cause it sure looks to me ♪

♪ Like them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing, y’all ♪

♪ Them n*ggas sure ain’t playing ♪

♪ The bigots and the Birchers, they just can’t see ♪

♪ This now Black generation is gonna be free ♪

♪ Just you try and stop ’em ♪

♪ And for sure you’ll see what I’m saying ♪

♪ Sure looks to me like them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ Now, where the Black man is going is anybody’s guess ♪

♪ With his natural hair and his Afro dress ♪

♪ But you can believe one thing and forget the rest ♪

♪ We know for sure ♪

♪ Them n*ggas ain’t playing ♪

♪ And we ain’t, either ♪


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