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Previously on "Stumptown"...

Don't leave yet.

There's some people who want to meet you.


Your family.

We've been waiting for you.

Alright, "Everything I want to do now that I'm 21."

You wanna ask a girl out?

What? No!

You were gonna go all the way to L.A. to look at a car?

When I was a kid, my dad had one just like it.

So, what do you say?

Trust me, you're gonna love it down here.


Come on.

L.A. sucks, and I'm going home.


Because it's my dad's actual car.

You always said that if you ever found your dad

that you would finally get some closure.

Well, this is your chance.


Okay, I think my work here is done.

You ready to go home?

You seriously had to drive that piece of junk to L.A.?

Who has a flat spare?

I have a spare spare, okay?

I just don't know where I put it.

Right. Cool.

Yeah, this is hell.

Come on. We're on an adventure.

Discovering new places.

There's only one bed.

Yeah, it's all they had left.

But hey, hell has a minibar.


[ Chuckles ]

Alright, we are officially out of whiskey.


Maybe there's something on TV.


Woman: Oh, hey, big boy.

Man: Did somebody call for a plumber?

Oh, even the porn in Ukiah is boring.

[ Both chuckle ]

What seems to be the problem?

Did he just --

I think he did.

Then why would she --

Yeah, you would -- you would have to ask her that.

My pipes are all clogged.


I'm just saying...

we could...

[ Chuckles ]

A one-time deal?

I mean, come on.

We're two grown adults. Sharing a little bed --

Nobody knows us here.

There are no rules in Ukiah.

That is a big problem. It might take a while.

I've got all night.

On the other hand --

Yeah, see you in the morning.

Okay. [ Sighs ]

Let's get sleep.

You've got such strong arms.

I know how to work a wrench.

Show me. Work my wrench!

Yeah, I'll work it. They don't call me...

Hey, Dex, do you mind --

Yeah, I got it.

I got a big --

[ TV shuts off ]

[ Insects chirping ]

Alright, good night.

Mm, good night.

[ Knock on door, door opens ]

Woman: I've been waiting for you.

Man: Pizza delivery -- with extra-meaty sausage.

[ Whip cracks ]

So, how was L.A.?

Oh, well, besides being fire-bombed --

Buying a new car --

Having a gun drawn on me by an actor --

Finding out I have a half-brother --

Pretty uneventful, wouldn't you say?

I would.


How was the drive back?


It was -- It was a drive.

Hey, isn't that the, uh... that the military guy?

Yeah. Yeah, he was a client.

So, you're, uh, Jeremy's cousin?

You work out of a bar.

Why are we here?

If it wasn't for Dex,

I wouldn't even know who my real family was.

Who you are.

Just give her a chance.

Aimee has priors.

That's why they think that she did this.

It's mostly petty stuff,

e-except the armed robbery charge.

Oh, okay.

I didn't do it.

Jeremy: A couple years ago, her ex had her drive to the liquor store.

She waited in the car.

A few minutes later, he comes out holding a bag of cash

and his dad's gun.

Ooh. Sounds like a keeper.

I dumped him, but the DA still charged me

'cause the system's broken.

She took a plea deal.

So, according to public record,

you're guilty of a violent crime.

Like I said, the system is broken.

And you were -- you were just arrested for another one?

This old dude got beat up and robbed a week ago.

They think Aimee did it.

Jeremy, what is the point of all this?

Just give her a chance.

Look, sh-- she did everything right.

She followed all the rules, got sober.

And now they want to take her girls away.


That's Sara, and that's Olive.



You wanna see your kids again?

[ Sobs ]


You want to see your kids again?

[ Exhales sharply ]

They took away her custody after she was arrested.

Now they're with foster care.

Olive doesn't do well with new people.

It took her forever to warm up to me.

Uh, so you, uh, you want me to help...

help her get her kids back?

I don't want history repeating itself.

I mean, if I hadn't been taken away from my mom --

I am not like your mom.

She was a victim.

You didn't do this!

They're not gonna believe that.

They took my children.

Hajira: They took my children!

[ Speaking Pashto ]

They took my children!

[ Speaking Pashto ]

They took my children!


Jeremy: Dex.

[ Exhales sharply ]


You okay?

I'm fine. I'm fine.

Um...s-so, can you help us?


Yeah, I -- I gotta go.

[ Exhales sharply ]


They took my children!


[ Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain" plays ]

[ Sighs ]


Eh --


[ Exhales sharply ]


Listen to the wind blow

[ Echoing voices ]

Major Volkers: Come on.

Dex: Are we interrogating noncombatants now, sir?

Hajira Abbassin.

Now, we believe her husband's the leader

of an insurgent cell.

Doesn't make her a bad guy.

Doesn't make her a good guy, either.


Hajira Abbassin.

We believe her husband's the leader of an --

And if you don't love me now


You will never love me again

Two days ago, one of our ammo depots was raided.

Insurgents made off with explosives.

You think her husband did it?

MARSOC thinks they're gonna use the explosives tonight.

[ Groans ]

You will never love me again

Then find her husband.

We're looking for him.

She's a civilian. She's a civilian.

You would never break the chain

Who may know something.

Find her husband...

We have one hour to prevent this attack.

Maybe two.

Make her talk.

Dex: She's a civilian.

Make her talk, Parios.

They took my children!

Make her talk.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

We have an hour to prevent this attack.

Then find her husband.

Make her talk.

She's a civilian.

Make her talk, Parios.

You think her husband did it?

They took my children!

Get my children!

Then I will tell you what you need to know.


[ Screaming ]


Chain keep us together

Stop it!

Running in the shadow

Chain keep us together

[ Grunts ]

Running in the shadow

Chain keep us together

[ Knock on door ]

Running in the shadow

Chain... ♪



Uh, you okay?

Mm-hmm. I'm fine.

Can I come in?

Uh, I'm kinda busy right now, so...



I'm gonna come in.

Excuse me.

[ Exhales sharply ]


I know.

Hey, good thing Ansel wasn't here, right?

If Ansel was here, this wouldn't have happened.

It wouldn't have gone so far.

Is there anything you want to talk about?

Nope. No, there is not.

[ Exhales sharply ]

Hey, why'd you bail on that case?

That guy Jeremy said you walked out.

Okay, that -- that has nothing to do with this, okay?

I think it does.


[ Sighs ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Sobbing ]

I'm just so ashamed, okay?



You know, whatever it is that you're going through,

you can talk to me, right?

I, uh, I wouldn't know where to start.

[ Sniffles ]

I'm just so tired...

of running away from this, you know?

Then don't.



If you came to apologize --

Did she do it?

Some apology.

I'm sorry.

Look, I know how much your new family means to you

and that you don't want to jeopardize that.

But I-I need to know.

Do you think I'd bring her to you

if I thought that she robbed somebody?

I think that you're angry that you were taken from your mom

and that you think helping Aimee is somehow

gonna make that right.

Is that such a bad thing?

She's a good person.

A good mom.

She needs your help.




Grey, do you want some frozen yogurt?

Frozen yogurt?


We've been there every day this past week.

What is so special about this frozen yogurt place?

L-Lila works there.

Ooh, your girlfriend?

She's not my girlfriend.


You talked about this girl nonstop for weeks, alright?

But you never got the nerve to ask her out.

She quits the soccer team, and you haven't seen her since.

Yep. That's her.

Okay, well, if we go, you gonna ask her out?

Can you help me?

Don't ask him.

Private conversation.

Isn't your last girlfriend on the lam?

Wasn't my girlfriend.

Just saying, he has terrible taste in women.

Except Dex, of course. Though he messed that up, too.

You done?

Do you want our help or not?

Yes, please.

You say our help?


The old guy was beaten up by a prostitute?

That's what he said.

Aimee's not a hooker.

Maybe, maybe not, but she does have a history of violence.

She had no idea that her boyfriend

was gonna rob that liquor store.

Okay, but the old guy ID'd her.

And eyewitness testimony is always spot-on?

Why was Aimee in that line-up to begin with?

Someone tipped us off.

Let me guess -- it was anonymous.

Look, Aimee fit the description of the assailant.

There's no alibi, and she has a history --

History of violence. Yes, I know.

Come on. We've -- We have been through this.

Look at my desk.

These are all open cases I'm actively investigating.

Okay, so you're, um, you're too busy to help me?

I, uh, I can't right now, alright?

I got a witness being questioned. I'm sorry.

[ Sighs ]


[ Heart beating loudly ]





I'm Chief Warrant Officer Dex Parios.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

You must be thirsty.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

The way you were brought in here,

that was disrespectful, and I'm sorry.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

We need information.

We've been watching your husband.

We know that he stole some explosives

from one of our depots.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

We need to know when he's planning

on using those explosives.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

[ Speaking Pashto ]

"I don't know."

I think you do.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

I told you, we've been watching your husband.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

Every night, after Maghrib, he has guests over.

Meeting, planning.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

[ Speaking Pashto ]

"I am not involved in my husband's business."

But you're a good wife, a good hostess.

You serve them tea.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

[ Speaking Pashto ]

"Of course."

You must overhear things.

I need to know what you've heard.

[ Speaking Pashto ]

[ Speaking Pashto ]

"I am not telling you."

No, that's not what she said.

Excuse me?

[ Speaking Pashto ]

[ Chuckles ] Well, that ship has sailed.

And now we know you speak English.

You can go.

[ Chair scrapes, door buzzes ]

[ Door closes ]

Your Pashto is good.

I have an ear.

I use it when I'm outside of the gates.

You go outside the gates?

Yeah, where else am I supposed to get a decent Bolani?

[ Chuckles ]

Hajira... you know something.

If I told you anything, my husband would never forgive me.

We will protect you.

He has my children.


Get my children, then I will tell you what you need to know.



Oh, hello.

Isn't it a nice day?

Well, you know, it's not raining,

so that's a plus, I guess.

[ Chuckles ]

Would you go on a date with me?

That's really sweet,

but I think we gotta finesse it a little bit.

It's coming on too fast.

We gotta have a little bit more small talk.

Like, maybe ask, like, what am I drinking, you know?

Last time I checked, they don't serve beer in froyo shops.

Alright, the point is, is maybe then ask what I'm wearing or,

you know, what I'm having or --

That'll work.

Just ease into it.

"Ease into it" means play it safe.

People who play it safe never win.

Ansel, when I was your age,

I had a tough time with the ladies, too.

Just when I thought I was in...friend-zoned.

Is that bad?

Very bad.

I'll let you in on a little secret.

Girls like a little swagger.

Okay, it takes more than a little swagger.

Trust me.

Ansel, you know what's always worked for me?

Pick-up lines.

Pick-up lines?

What is this, the '90s?

You're teaching him pick-up lines?

"Are you a magician?

Because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears."


That's a terrible line.

Please don't ever do that.

Yes, girls like confidence,

but more than that, you gotta be you.

The real you, okay?

See that girl over there?

You want me to ask her out?



I want you to talk to her.

Listen. Just listen to her, okay?

You got this. Practice makes perfect.


"Are you a magician?"

Kills every time.

Does it?


Night of the robbery, you were home alone.

Nobody can vouch for you?

Aimee, what aren't you telling me?

[ Sighs ]

You're in AA, right?

What's that saying that they have about honesty?

"You're only as sick as your secrets."

Mm-hmm. What's your secret?

Aimee, I'm here. I want to help you.


I got a job slinging cocktails at an illegal gambling ring.

That's where I was the night of the assault.

Why didn't you tell anybody about this?

Serving alcohol violates my parole.

So you lied.

I didn't want to lose my girls.

Well, you did anyway.

Catch 22, right?

Mm. Okay, well, that's your alibi.

Look, we just need to prove it.

Tell me more about this gambling ring.

You're not gonna believe me.

Try me. I've probably played there.

Blackjack? Texas Hold 'Em?

Video games.

Wait, what? For real?

Start-up founders and programmers

are the richest people in Portland.

The night I supposedly beat that guy up,

someone won a hundred grand.

Wow. Okay. I should have been a nerd.

Why not just play a-at home, in their mansions?

Because gambling's illegal, and they like the rush.

And they're not gonna talk to you.

[ Sighs ] Okay.

New plan. We need leverage.

Do you remember who won that night?


[ Machine beeping ]

[ Music playing in earbuds ]

Hey. Rocket Munch.


Cameron Dorsey.


She's at the kombucha bar.

Of course she is.

Thank you.


Hey. Cameron Dorsey?

I didn't order anything.

Yeah, no, that's not why I'm here.


Pad thai.

Enjoy it.

Okay, I'll be quick.

Do you frequent a certain

East Side underground video game tournament?

I don't know what you're talking about.

Oh, I-I think you do.

It's okay.

I-I won't talk too loudly.

Okay, I know you have a morality clause in your contract.

You could lose your job, right?


But can we talk about this somewhere else?

My boss is right over there.

Guy with the mustache.


[ Exhales sharply ]

You gotta be kidding me.

[ Scooter approaching ]

Hey, stop.


Give me this. Get off.

Hey, what are you doing?

[ Tires squeal ]

Hey, that's my scooter, lady!

[ Michael Sembello's "Maniac" plays ]

Dex: Come on! Cameron, stop!

Sorry, excuse me.

Locking rhythm to the beat of her heart

Changing movement into light


She has danced into the danger zone

When the dancer becomes the dance

[ Indistinct shouting ]


Sorry! Excuse me. Excuse me. Excuse me.


If the fight becomes the fire

Come on, Cameron! This is embarrassing us both!

On the wire between will and what will be

She's a maniac, maniac on the floor

Cameron, can you just -- What the --

And she's dancing like she's never danced before

This is ridiculous.

This is...frickin'...

She's a maniac, maniac on the floor

Hey, stop! Enough!

I'm a private investigator, okay?

I'm not here to get you in trouble.

I'm just -- I'm trying to confirm that my client was there

the night that you won.

I don't remember anything about that night.

I'd just won $100K.

I was half-wasted on tequila Red Bulls.

My client was the one who was serving you.

Look, do you recognize her?

You don't quit, do you?

One of my many endearing qualities.

[ Exhales sharply ]

I don't know.

Maybe someone recorded something.

Some of the players were streaming on Twitch.

Can I go now without you completely blowing up my life?

[ Sighs ] Yeah, okay.

Wait, w-what the hell is Twitch?!

I was afraid of becoming my father, but guess what.

My father's not my father.

I mean, he is. He's just --

He's just not the same guy, and everything I did...

it was like I was running away from him, but what now?

What do I want?

[ Slurps drink, belches ]

Good talk, Denny.

[ Door opens ]



So, I, um... I took that case.

Oh, that's great.

Um, thank you for showing up.

That's what friends do.


Where's Ansel?

[ Laughter ]

[ Scoffs ]

It's a long story, but it's totally under control.

[ Exhales sharply ] Okay.

I ran around him, then -- then I scored the goal.

Everyone went wild.

[ Laughter ]

Hey, buddy.

Hey, Dex.

Sorry to interrupt.

Um, can I just talk to you for a second?

What's up?

Um, do you know what Twitch is?

[ Gunshots ]

Nerdy Guy: Flank right!

Charge that hill!

People pay to watch other people play video games?

It's the future, Dex.

See you, LoneWalker13.

I will end you.

What a time to be alive.

I will end you!

Wait, wait, stop.

Right there.

Oh. Ansel, I love you so much.

That's her.

This isn't good enough.

Wait, what -- What do you mean?

That's clearly my client on the night of the robbery

in a different location.

This was recorded at 9:17 P.M.

Victim says he picked up the prostitute who robbed him

around 9:30 P.M.

Are you telling me that Aimee left her well-paying job,

drove across town, put on hooker heels,

and found a john in 13 minutes?

Well, that part of town, johns grow on trees.

Yeah, but the Blazers were playing that night, Valerie.

Be hard for anybody to make that drive --

It's not enough.

Remind me -- I'm new to all this.

Is it innocent until proven guilty,

or is it the other way around?

What are you implying?

I don't know, that my client is being railroaded?

Okay, great. Well, I do not have to listen to this.

Have a nice day, Detective.

[ Exhales sharply ]

What the hell was that?

The system has been screwing Aimee over her whole life.

I-I didn't know what that meant until just now.

[ Exhales sharply ]

You wanna tell me why this one is so important to you?

They're all important to me.

You know what? Never mind.

Forget it.

Girl knows how to cause a scene.

Yeah, but her instincts are usually right.

You wanna pull that Schumaker case --

[ Clears throat ]

Am I that easy to read?

Like a book.


Maybe we should take another run at this victim.

We? Oh, you're gonna drag me onto this case, aren't you?

I guess I am that easy to read.

Come on.

[ Exhales sharply ]


[ Door opens ]

Easy, Marine.

You're on the job.

No, I'm clocking out.

You're giving up on her?

No, I'm not. But the system is.

She was -- She was right about that.

We-- We're products of a system, too, you know?

You and me.

That system values commitment. Honor.

[ Chuckles ]

Is that funny?

[ Chuckles ]

No. I'm sorry.

We just -- We see things... very differently.

What's that supposed to mean?

It means I never should have taken this case.

You're gonna bail?

That's fine.

At least tell me why.

[ Scoffs ]

[ Sighs ]


Hajira: [ Speaking Pashto ]

[ Door buzzes, closes ]

Well, that went well.

She wants her kids.

I'm not risking American lives

on some half-cocked rescue mission.

Sir, this may be our only shot at getting the intel we need.

What if she's playing you?

Did you ever think about that?

Setting you up so you can walk a platoon of Marines

into an ambush?

We're done playing nice.

What do you mean?

Get the intel, Chief Warrant Officer.

By any means necessary.


Are you telling me to torture her?

That's a war crime.

You don't have to get your hands dirty.

We have a team for that.

All you have to do is ask the questions.


I'll get someone else.

Then I'll report you.


If we don't do it, do you know what happens?

They attack one of our bases, and Americans die.

It's us or her.

What's it gonna be?


I keep replaying it so many times in my head, over and over.

Maybe if I had done something differently,

it wouldn't have gotten to that point.



[ Exhales sharply ]

So, what did you do?

What could I do?


I threatened them, the torture never happened, but...

the attack did.

Yeah, Volkers was right about that.

That's not on you.

Isn't it?


I disobeyed an order, and people died.

An unlawful order.

Yeah, that could've changed things.

It was war.

It was my fault.


You don't know that.

Yeah, I do.


[ Clears throat ]


Aimee reminds me of her, you know?



They're both victims of circumstances.

She has this desperation that...

You can't hold on to this forever.


it's in the past.


Not all of it.


Dex: Medic!

[ High-pitched ringing ]

Whatever you're selling, I ain't buying.

No, sir. Uh, we're Detectives Hoffman and Lee.

We're with PPB.

Oh. I already told that other detective fella everything.

Understood. We're just here for a few follow-up questions.

Alright. Just watch the petunias.

I promised my wife I'd, uh, keep 'em alive after she passed.

Have you solicited sex before, Mr. Schumaker?

How crude.

"Solicited sex."

I got lonely after my wife passed.

Just wanted a little companionship.

No shame in that.

You know, gotta ask --

a handsome man like you could get a date the usual way.

Oh. You're good.

You got him wrapped around your finger?

Who says I'm not wrapped around his?


[ Chuckles ]

You mind walking us through what happened that night?

Yeah, I picked up this, uh, young lady about 9:30 P.M.

Made some chit-chat on the way back here and got inside,

and bam!

She knocked me out.

She stole my car, my watch --

Did she knock you out right away,

or did something else happen first?

She wanted a cigarette.

I said, "Not inside."

So we stayed out here while she smoked.

That wasn't in the report.

I got hit in the head, okay?

If we can find it, we can get the DNA off the cigarette,

see if it matches with Aimee's.

[ Exhales sharply ]

Wrapped around my finger, huh?

You wish.

Watch the petunias, damn it!


What would you do without me?


Here you go.

Thank you.

You're welcome.

So, how'd it go?

Did you use my line?

I didn't ask.

It was scary, but I got froyo!

It is scary, baring your heart and soul to a girl,

hoping she likes you back,

hoping she doesn't stomp all over you,

leaving you laying on the ground like a dead piece of meat,

and you an empty husk of your former self, just crushed --

Hey, are you gonna land this plane, buddy?

Courage, young homie.


Hey, just do what you did in the bar.

You're gonna be fine.

You got this, okay?

Remind me to never ask you for dating advice.


[ Sighs ]

Do -- Do you want to get lunch tomorrow?

Like a date?


A date.

Sure. I would love to.


And hey, for the record, I didn't blow things with Dex.

We decided not to go there, so...

Who said anything about Dex?


So, is there a reason you dragged me

all the way up to the station?

You said Aimee's in AA Thursdays at 3:00 P.M., right?

Last I checked, being in recovery

does not equal armed assault, but, you know, what do I know?

Look, we found a cigarette butt at the crime scene.

Yeah, Aimee doesn't smoke.

Are you listening to what I'm saying?

We know it's not Aimee, okay?

We got a DNA hit.

Paloma Wagner.

Multiple priors, robbery, prostitution,

and get this...

she's in AA Thursdays at 3:00 P.M.

Look like somebody we know?


We think she called in the tip herself

once the cops started sniffing around.

Threw Aimee under the bus.

And the old man couldn't tell the difference in the line-up.

Yeah, it's a pretty good plan.

Almost worked, too.

Here's the thing -- we don't have enough to hold her.

Of course you don't.

I've been going at her for hours.

She won't talk.

And since we found the cigarette butt outside the victim's house,

we can't prove she's the one who robbed him.

Then let her go.

I can hold her overnight.

Don't bother.

Might be worth a shot.

You're wasting your time. Just let her go.


Well, I would rather be back in there

than filling out all this paperwork, am I right?

Did the cops hassle you?

They pulled this whole good cop, bad cop thing on me.

Didn't work, though.

I'm Dex.

You always talk this much?

I don't know. I like talking to people.

Getting to know someone. Swapping stories.

It -- It helps pass the time.

For instance, um...

this is, uh, this is Sara.

She's 8 years old.

She has asthma, but she still helped her tee-ball team

win championships last year.

And, um, this is Olive.

She's 5. She's super shy.

Um, but if you get her talking,

she'll tell you everything you need to know about rocks.

[ Chuckles ] Cute kids, don't you think?

Yeah, sure. They're yours?

No, no. I don't have kids.

These -- These are, um, in foster care.

Yeah, they're, uh, dragging their clothes around

in trash bags, never knowing what kind of family

they're gonna be living with,

if they're gonna be good or bad.

You know that feeling.

You -- You grew up in foster care, too, right, Paloma?

How do you know my name?

That's not important.

What's important is that Olive and Sara --

they have a mother who loves them,

and they could be living with her right now,

except she was arrested for a crime that she didn't commit.

You're a cop.


Nope. I'm a friend of Aimee's.

Leave me the hell alone.

You walk away now,

a year from now, ten years,

you're not gonna be able to walk away from this.

You're crazy.

No, I am someone who knows what regret feels like, okay?

And believe me, it sucks.

Just when you're happy, boom, there it is,

reminding you that you don't deserve anything good.

Are you ready to carry that weight?

To know that you're the reason that Sara and Olive

are growing up without their mother?


It's not too late.

You gotta do something about this.


Hey. Hey, how'd it go?

Cops dropped all charges.


I don't know what you said to get Paloma to confess,

but it worked.

Oh, that is so great.

Told you. She's the best.

[ Exhales sharply ] A-And the girls?

The judge just reinstated my custody.

We're gonna go pick them up right now.


I finally get to put this all in the past.

Thank you for fighting for me.

Well, thank you for... for trusting me.

You're only as sick as your secrets, right?

Yeah, that's right.

[ Chuckles ]

One second.



So, Dex, uh...I know a guy.

Military intelligence.

Jeremy, I --

I could reach out to him.

I really think you should find out what happened that night.

I know what happened that night. I was there.



If you change your mind...


I won't.

Aimee's got a point, Dex.

You're only as sick as your secrets.



I like your eyes.


I like your glasses.

[ Chuckles ]

What kind of music do you like?


They're cute together.

Bummer their food options are so limited.

This taco's a crime against humanity.

Okay, it's not about the food.

It's always about the food.

Look at them.

They're made for each other.

[ Chuckles ]


That's hard to find, my friend.

Oh, here we go.

Worse than lying to the outside world

are the lies you tell yourself.

Were you dropped on your head as a child?

Just an opinion, but yes.

Look, with me and her, i-it might happen someday,

but it's not gonna happen right now, okay?


Can you let it go?



Thank you.

Years ago, I was dating this girl.

Ugh. Make it stop.

She wanted me to propose, but I wasn't ready.

A wild stallion hates the corral, you know?

You just don't stop, do you?

I was starting a new business.

There was no room for una esposa.

So, I had this grand opening, and everybody came.

Foodies, critics, but not my girlfriend.

And I realized -- there I was, building an empire,

but there was nobody to share it with.

I proposed the next day.


We're still married.


That's a beautiful story.

The hell does it have to do with me?

You can't build an empire without an empress.

Okay, look, Dex is hung up on a ghost,

and I can't take that on, and I am all over the place.

Here's what I know --

I'm not what she needs right now.

Then what does she need?

[ XTC's "Dear God" plays ]


Dear God

Hope you got the letter and

I pray you can make it better down here

I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer

But all the people that you made in your image

[ Radio clicks ]

Man: Be advised.

Friendlies approaching, five miles out.

[ Radio clicks ]

Man #2: Copy, friendlies approaching.

[ Radio clicks ]

♪ ...from God

Can't believe in you

[ Explosion ]

Dear God, don't know if you noticed but

Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book

Us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look

Dex: Where was he hit?!

And all the people that you made in your image

Still believing that junk is true

Well, I know it ain't, and so do you


Dear God


I can't believe in


I don't believe in


It's you

Dear God

[ Engine shuts off ]

[ Horse whinnies in distance ]

[ Horse whinnies ]

[ Exhales sharply ]


Hey, Sue Lynn.

What are you doing here?


I need to tell you something.

About what?


About how Benny died.


[ Exhales sharply ]


You always blamed me for Benny joining the Army,

ending up in Afghanistan, thought that...

[Voice breaking] I was the reason he was dead.

Well, you're right.

If I would've...followed orders, if I would have done my job...

And if you let them torture that woman?

Maybe Benny would still be alive.


You come to me with this after all these years?

I mean...

I wanted to come sooner.

What do you want, Dex?



No, you deserve to know the truth.


You should hate me.

You should blame me for all of it.

You're right.

I should.


I'm sorry.


Benny wouldn't have done it.


Are you sure it would have made a difference?



And if it didn't and you tortured that woman,

you'd still be haunted by all the what ifs.


you can spend a lifetime going down the paths not taken.

But it'll never get you anywhere.

You did the right thing.

I've always admired that about you.


[ Sighs ]

[ Door closes ]



What, are you breaking and entering now?

Uh, how's the case going?


Oh, isn't that a good thing?

I thought I'd feel better about it.

Oh, it's not that easy, huh?


What are you doing here? Are you checking up on me?

Not exactly.

[ Footsteps descending down stairs ]

Oh, hey, buddy.

Hey, Dex.



You here to do some laundry?

No. I'm moving back home.

What? Why?

Well, he finished his list, so...

Well, what happened to being independent?

He can be independent from here.

Isn't that right?

Grey thinks you need me.


[ Chuckles softly ]

I have to finish unpacking.

Okay. Hey, it's good to have you back.


So, I won?

No, no. It's not a competition.

Well, it's not not a competition.

You know, you do one nice thing for somebody.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Knock on door ]

I'm gonna go help him unpack.



Hey, Dex.


Can we talk?


So, uh...

[ Clears throat ]

...I spoke to my buddy in military intelligence.

I told you, I didn't want you to --

I -- What happened that night...

There's some stuff that you don't know.

What do you mean?

There was an investigation after you came back stateside.

Into the IED explosion that killed Benny.

What are you saying?

I'm saying...there's more to this story.

A lot more.





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