PILOT | Empowered

PILOT | Empowered


[dripping water and swaying chains] Rise and shine and give God your glory, glory. Rise and shine and give God your glory, glory. Rise and shine, and give God your glory, glory… …children… …of the Lord. Wakey wakey. Eggs and bac-y. Wake the fuck up! There. That did the trick. Guess that’s useless now. [laughs] Aw. Come on. Everything will be alright. Or at least it will. As long as everything goes according to plan. What? You don’t trust me? Not even a little? Well, that’s too bad. Things could have gone a lot smoother. [chair creaking] ♫ “Long Way Out” by Sun Stereo ♫ ♫ “Raise” ♫ ♫ “Raise them high” ♫ ♫ “We gotta fight” ♫ ♫ “Fight to make the world a little better” ♫ [school bell ringing] [chattering] Hey! Mr. Hogan! Keep going. You heard nothing. -Nothing at all.
-Mr. Hogan! Wait! -Hey, Bree.
-Hey! Not the musical. -Please not the musical again.
-What did you say? Oh. Nothing. How can I help you, Evie? Well, I was wondering if I could speak to you about the spring musical? Right now really isn’t the best time! As you can see, my plate is rather full… …and there’s a rather delicious frozen dinner calling my name in the teacher’s lounge. -Those overcooked brownies are just my favorite.
-Please? It’s important. Okay. What about the spring musical would you like to discuss? Have you chosen a production yet? No, Evie, I haven’t. -That’s what this is.
-Can I- I told you last time I’d prefer a more classic production We did “Heathers” last Spring. Then after your insistence it would be received well we put on Sweeney Todd in the fall. Evie, it wasn’t received well. And we certainly aren’t doing Hamilton! [door slams] I was leaning toward something more simple and sweet this time around. Maybe “The Sound of Music”… …hmm… …or even “Man of La Mancha”. Those are great choices, and we both can agree Hamilton would be a tricky production to pull off, but I was thinking more along the lines of an original production. An original production? Have you lost your mind? Yeah! I’ve written one myself, and I’m really, really proud of it. Go ahead. Tell me what it is. Law and Order: The Musical! It even covers all the spin-offs! Yep. You’ve lost your mind. Seriously! I’ve made it appropriate for a high school setting, and I’ve written—if I may say so myself—some great songs. -I’m sure they are.
-Would you like to hear one? Now really isn’t the best time. [Evie sings] [Evie singing]
-Really…I… Are you…. -Mr. Hogan?
-Hmm. You know what? Your idea sounds wonderful. You’ve got a deal. Crap. Not again. [school bell ringing] [microwave dinging] ♫ “To the Moon and Back” by Charlie & the Possibly Wilds ♫ Plenty of time. First position. Second position. Third position. Fourth position. -Fifth position
-Hey. You almost got that fifth position down. Just focus on the negative why don’t you? I-I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to. Then you should think about what you say first. -Okay. I’m sorry.
-[sighs] No. I’m sorry, Hayden. It’s just… [sighs] …getting used to this big school… …it’s a bit overwhelming. You’ll get used to it. Trust me. You went to a private school before this right? Yeah. It was pretty small. -My mom thought that going to a bigger school would help with my social anxiety.
-I wouldn’t worry about that. I know what it’s like to be the new kid, and I’d say you’re doing just fine. Hey, Are you going to Evie’s tonight? We all really like that card game that you showed us last time. Yep. And the soup last time was just… Oh my god. So good. What was it called again? -Matzoh ball soup.
-Right. Matzoh ball soup [school bell ringing]
-OH SHIT! I’M LATE! ♫ “I don’t know what I’m going to do” ♫ ♫ “I can’t stop dreaming dreaming of you” ♫ ♫ “Thinking of you” ♫
-What are you doing? Breaking the ice. Breaking the…? What? Look. Bree just came around the corner. [students chatting] So? In a few seconds she’s going to take a few steps to her right then a few to her left. Then a few more back to her right. -The zag back to the right is the perfect opportunity.
-For what? Watch this. There’s no wind in here. Not while I’m flirting! So damn smooth. You know. You’d probably have an easier time if you’d just talk to her. -Oh, God no! Never!
-You’re so weird. Hey, Tempest. I know. That’s my best quality. [pencil writing] [copy machine running] Excellent work on the Features section last month, Evie. Your creative corner column is off to a great start Thank you very much, Mrs. Sexton. It’s been a blast. Such a fantastic idea to feature the more… …creative students who normally don’t get attention. -And thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone.
-No problem. It must have been hard to write an op-ed opposing your best friend. Eh. She’s not so scary. Like my dad says she’s all fart and no poo. Ooo-kay, then. -Sorry. I forgot how weird his sayings sound to other people. You mean normal people. Hey! My dad is- You’re right. He’s not. Normal is subjective you too, but I digress. Bryn, your piece on society’s infatuation with superpowers and its perpetuation of ableism -was excellent. -Superb writing. -Honestly, your talent is beyond your years. [sarcastic] Tell me something I don’t know. [laughs] Well, you’re hilarious, Bryn. But don’t go getting too big a head. Don’t you think the tone was a bit aggressive? -and perhaps the subject matter is not entirely appropriate for the student readership. No. If you don’t mind me saying, Mrs. Sexton, there is a stark difference between speaking truthfully and speaking aggressively Go on. I spoke truthfully without denigrating or Slandering anyone. Unlike what many so-called journalists tend to do these days. Furthermore, I believe our peers are fully capable of understanding and are more than interested in reading about such topics. In fact, -I think our generation is the most politically adept and -socially engaged generation since the teenagers who participated in the Civil Rights Movement. -Well, that is fair but…
[intercom chimes] -MRS. SEXTON, ARE YOU THERE? I am. -IS BRYN COOKE WITH YOU? She is. -COULD YOU SEND HER TO DEAN CHANGON’S OFFICE PLEASE? -No problem. She’ll be there in just a moment. What did you do now? This shouldn’t take long, Dr. Cooke. I know you’re in between classes, and need to hurry back to campus. No need to rush, Dean Changnon. -I’ve instructed my TA to begin the lecture should things run late. What is this all about? If you don’t mind, I’d prefer to wait until Bryn arrives. [knocking]
Dean Changnon, you needed to see me? Yes, Bryn. thank you for coming so quickly. Dad? What’s going on? Please. Take a seat. Brynn, a few of your teachers have expressed some concerns with your coursework. -Concerns? She’s been excelling in all of her classes. In fact, her grades are nothing short of perfection. -Therein lies the rub, Dr. Cooke.
-And what does that mean? The teachers in question believe -that Bryn may be cheating. That her work is not her own. Excuse me? There is no question that she has the capability of exceptional grades. With an exception of a dip in her GPA during eighth grade, which you indicate is the year your wife passed, her records indicate as much. Well, that was a difficult year for the both of us. I imagine so. However, she clearly recovered from it showing steady progress through freshman year and the beginning of her sophomore year. I rather imagine that can be attributed to the two of you moving here. A change in scenery can work wonders. May we get to the point please? I was just getting to that, Dr. Cooke. During last spring, and this year thus far her work has improved exponentially. With the exception of a test or two, she has scored no less than 100% in everything. Frankly Dr. Cooke, -it is nearly impossible [rumbling
-for a student to score this perfectly at such a [water gurgling]
-consistent and sustained rate. Again, this can’t all be Bryn’s work. -And frankly Dean Changnon, what you are saying is impossible. I aid Bryn when needed, and I go over her homework on nightly basis. I guarantee that this is Bryn’s own work. DR. COOKE: I suggest that you cease this investigation DR COOKE: or whatever it is that you choose to call it, immediately. If I hear that you continue to investigate this matter, I will go to the superintendent. Let’s go Bryn Are you okay? Yeah. I guess. Tell me the truth. You haven’t cheated have you? No! Never! Well, then what is going? I don’t… I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain it. One morning, I woke up and and things that never seemed to make sense to me just… just seemed so simple. Like… I can read a complex formula I’ve never studied, and it looks like 2+2. It happened here and there, and then all of a sudden… …boom! I can read faster than I ever imagined I could. I knew all we’ll learn in French 4 this year within the first few weeks. I just look at something and I can comprehend it! Am I gonna be in trouble? Is there something wrong with me? Bryn… DR. COOKE: I believe you. You are not in any trouble, DR COOKE: and there is nothing wrong with you. I just can’t wait for this day to end. I’m really looking forward to our movie night when I come home from Evie’s. DR COOKE: About that… DR COOKE: I’m going to have you stay at the Tobolsky’s tonight. I have to work late at the lab. Alex and I are making great progress. DR COOKE: And…[sighs] DR COOKE: I’ll make it up to you. Tomorrow night. It’s all about us. We’ll watch that documentary you’ve been nagging me about. DR COOKE: I’ll make your grandmother’s famous curry! -Really?
-DR COOKE: Really. And buss up shut too? Absolutely. Anything for my little girl. -Love you, G-Dad.
-I love you too, baby doll. I have no heart. Literally. BRYN: [laughing] You say that too often. HAYDEN: Ugh. I screwed myself over. HAYDEN: Wait, what do twos do?
-TEMPEST: Twos do nothing. You can play them though. If twos do nothing, why are they there? [laughing] -EVIE: Same thing with Math class. -So, what are you guys doing this weekend?
-HAYDEN: I’m visiting family. Not looking forward to that. [laughter] -BRYN: Uh…probably hanging out with my dad. -TEMPEST: I’ve got dance classes. -BRYN: As usual. I am going to be perfecting the songs for my Law & Order musical. [chuckling] -TEMPEST: That’s a thing?
-BRYN: What!? Yeah it’s a thing. Mr. Hogan approved of it. -TEMPEST: Really?
-Mmhm. -TEMPEST: Dang -HAYDEN: How many times did you ask him?
-Well, you know what they say. Fiftieth time’s the charm! -TEMPEST: I’m pretty sure that’s stalking! Have you called Mark, and Karen about tomorrow night yet? Uh oh. I told you you’d forget. Looks like Evie owes me $5 now. -TEMPEST: Mr. Tobolsky? Why didn’t you make the soup that you made last time? I was really looking forward to it. What?? Because tonight’s meal is gonna be even better. Trust me. But you know what? I could show you how to make it sometime soon. I need to teach Evie the family recipe anyway. -Really?
-MR. TOBOLSKY: You bet.
-Hell yeah! I win again! You guys really need some practice. Here you girls go. You must be starving. That last bowl went quick! That was all Hayden. She has a voracious appetite tonight. I can’t help it if the cafeteria food is horrendous. The sweet potatoes look like something my cat ate. -EVIE: She’s right, Mom. The only thing worse is Sera’s cooking. By the way, Tempest is right. You guys really need to practice. She’s on quite a hot streak. -MR. TOBOLSKY: Oh! I almost forgot. It’s monthly joke time. Don’t embarrass yourself again, Dad. Believe me, it’s a good one this time. Okay. Here it goes. Termite walks into a bar, and asks “Is your bartender here?” Come on. It’s a great joke. Think about it. A termite walks into a bar and asks “Is your bartender here?” [laughter] [laughter]
-MR. TOBOLSKY: See? Someone gets it! What? It’s a good… Okay. Alright. I have a joke. What did one angry French landowner say to the other angry French landowner? You sir have a lot of Gaul! [Bryn laughing]
-BRYN: What? -BRYN: That’s funny!
[door shuts] -SERA: Hey, everyone! Sorry I’m late. -SERA: Whoever thought putting a freshman in front of the camera is- Oh my god. Is that? -Dad, is that Bubbe’s chopped liver?
-You bet it is. Glad you made it! Where’s Selima? She couldn’t make it. Something came up. Do you mind if she comes next month? Of course not. You know what I always say. If our dining table isn’t big enough for all your friends, we need to buy a bigger one Can’t wait for her to join the monthly Tobolsky Grubbage Festival. Thanks guys. Told you I wouldn’t forget. Finally. And how are my sister’s weird friends this evening? Bienvenue mon ami. C’est formidable de vous avoir ici. Hi. Yo. So… still the same I see. Don’t worry. I saved the deal for you. As you should. [typing] -ALEX: Good morning, Dr. Cooke. Any progress since last night? Unfortunately not. I’m kind of stumped here. Trying to… find the regenerative properties of the tritones’ DNA, and once I do that, then I can see about replicating it’s cells. Sounds like you need a breather. Why don’t you give this a look? -DR COOKE: Don’t you think it’s a little late to be having this kind of conversation again? No. Look. These…uh… people. They put symbols on their chest, and call themselves superheroes. -ALEX: All while ignoring the destruction they cause. The havoc they wrought. They’re above the law. The families… …they tear apart. You know that better than anybody, Dr. Cooke. Don’t lecture me. Korinne is gone, and don’t think that for a day my heart doesn’t break for her. Alright. These people… …these evil people What if they were to use their powers? -DR. COOKE: We’re talking more than collateral damage here. It’s not just the evil ones, Dr. Cooke. It’s the good ones. It’s all of them. They have a… …a sickness, and we need to find a cure. Wouldn’t you agree? What do you suggest? Human experimentation? Not… …experimenting on humans, no. But… …isolating a DNA sequence, a genome. Something more than just newts and salamanders, Dr. Cooke. We need to find a way to advance our research from the preliminary… …into something deeper Alex… You need rest. You’re sounding crazy, and you’re beginning to scare me. [scoffs] I’m fine! -ALEX: Look. Comey, Semmelweis, Mendel. All great scientific minds, and all thought crazy at first. This is important. You’ll come to see that soon enough, Greg. I need more coffee. Odd. Why the hell is he looking at human DNA? [humming] Ow! Fuck! Oh! Almost forgot. Don’t you go anywhere. [Evie struggling] Our other guests will be arriving very shortly, and then the party will begin.
[chair bangs] [electric door opening] Ah. Speak of the devil. [electric door closing] [muffled] Sera! [muffled] Sera! No! -SERA: [muffled] Let go of me! Let go. of. me! [muffled crying] Evie. Evie! Evie! Mhm. Big sis is here for the fun too. If you don’t cooperate. [Evie and Sera’s muffled cries]

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