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Marlena: Oh, hi, Jack. Thank you for meeting me here.
Jack: Yes. Uh, I've just gotta say that meeting here in public-- I'm not really comfortable with that. I'd much rather we meet at your office.
Marlena: We're not having a session here. I just wanted to ask you about something.
Jack: Oh! Oh, oh, okay, okay.
Marlena: You remember I told you that I'm meeting with some military veterans that have served overseas and mostly they've served in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Jack: Yes, I remember.
Marlena: Well, we've begun having weekly therapy sessions. And we're about to have one in the next ten minutes.
Jack: Oh. Now wait a minute. And you're telling me this why?
Marlena: I think it might be helpful for you to join us, even if you only just sit and listen.
Jack: Look, um... it's hard enough for me to meet with you one on one, just talking the two of us, and now you want me to meet with a bunch of honest-to-God soldiers. No, I can't, Marlena. I'm sorry. I can't, I can't.
Abigail: Hi, am I late?
Madison: Uh, no, you're two minutes early. You did say you'd be habitually punctual.
Abigail: Well, I am. But you just looked a little annoyed so I thought maybe--
Madison: Nothing to do with you. I'm just going over this inter-office memo. You know, I read on your resume that you recently won a writing award, is that right? I'm thinking maybe we'll start you off with editing this. Just see if you can punch it up or at least make it make some sense.
Abigail: Okay. So is this what you meant the other day about me being more than just an intern?
Madison: No, not exactly.
Abigail: Well, are you going to tell me what exactly you did mean?
Madison: In good time. Let's just say I have big plans for you--very big.
Quinn: There you are. Been looking for you.
Melanie: Yeah, I had a feeling you would be.
Melanie: No, uh, just--there's a lot of people that want to get a procedure done, so I thought you'd have me work extra hours.
Quinn: Maybe I will, but that's not what I wanted to talk to you about. I wanna talk about Abigail.
Quinn: Because she's your best friend.
Melanie: She was my best friend. She hates me now.
John: Since we both agree the first stage of this relaunch we're gonna focus on fashion, what I wanna do is concentrate on a coordinated campaign in all the high-fashion magazines.
John: You know, kinda something like-- something like this. Simple striking figure with a banner that says Black is back.
Brady: Yeah. Um, okay, yeah, that's--that's good, that's great.
John: It's so hard for you to tell me what you really think.
Brady: All right, let me tell you how I really think. I think it's predictable. I think that's expected.
John: Mm, other than that, you love it though, right?
Brady: Dad, I think we need to do something that we haven't done before, that hasn't been done before, okay? Fashion magazines? Who reads them anymore?
John: I don't know. I'm gonna take a stab in the dark. Women who buy clothes?
Brady: No, let me tell you something. Young women who buy most of the clothes--they're online, okay? They're online. That's where we have to be, okay? We need to get a twitter account. We need to have our own application, okay? Maybe call it the New Black or something like that.
John: Listen, kid, we're starting from scratch here right now. I mean, we can get all edgy later on once we prove we're back in the game, okay?
Brady: I see what you're saying, but I just think you're dead wrong.
Quinn: I don't think you're right, Melanie.
Melanie: Okay, hate might be a little overdramatic, but she definitely doesn't wanna be my friend. She made that super clear.
Quinn: I'm sure it seemed like that at the time.
Melanie: It was like that at the time. It doesn't matter that I told her my friendship with her means more than any other relationship. She doesn't care, she doesn't wanna forgive me.
Quinn: Look, Melanie, I'm not saying that you're wrong. I'm saying Abigail-- look, her feelings took over. She was hurt and embarrassed and she let you have it. And I'm sure she regrets it now.
Melanie: Yeah...says you.
Quinn: Ask her yourself.
Melanie: Look, I don't understand why you-- it's not a big deal. Friendship is always a big deal, and I care because-- look, Melanie, I have made so many mistakes in my life. And about the only thing I've learned from them is that it's a lot easier to fix things before you let them go too far.
Abigail: So what are we doing here?
Madison: Well, we are rescuing Quinn. Wow. Leave it to Kate to compound a bad product with worse packaging.
Abigail: Wait, what do you mean rescue Quinn?
Madison: I have a new project for Mad World which will involve Quinn and a player yet to be determined. So...I just need to talk to him about it first.
Quinn: Well, here I am and I'm all ears.
Quinn: Abigail, um, you know what, I left the door to the treatment room unlocked. Would you mind taking care of that for me? There's some valuable equipment in there.
Abigail: Yeah, sure. No problem.
Madison: As usual, you're up to something, aren't you?
Quinn: Yeah, but this time around I'm using my pals for good.
Marlena: Can we at least talk about this?
Jack: Why? Why? It's not gonna work.
Marlena: How do you know that it won't work?
Jack: The people in your group--they put their lives on the line to defend their country. I just wandered over there, looking for adventure and advancement. And here, look at this. This pen is my deadly weapon of choice. It would be an insult for me to go in there and pretend that I went through anything like what they went through.
Marlena: Isn't that really up to them?
Jack: No. No, it's up to me.
Marlena: Oh. Because I asked them if I could bring someone.
Jack: No. Look, I tell you what we'll do. We'll meet for the regular session next week--just you and me, all right? All right.
Marlena: Jack, you're running away again. You can see that, can't you?
John: You know, kid, just so we're clear... I don't want the fact that I'm your father and the founder of this company to ever stop you from saying what you really feel.
Brady: Dad, what do you-- do you just want me to rubber stamp everything you have to say?
John: I think there's a little bit of a working area between rubber stamping and "you're dead wrong."
John: I know, but I think you are in this case. Look, we need customers. But we also need investors. And we're not going to attract that kind of attention with the same old-same old thing.
John: All right, fine. You wanna talk about investors. I think if we come out of the box all edgy and kick-ass cool it's gonna look like panic. We need to reassert who we are. We need to look stable. We need to look reliable.
Brady: Dad, nobody wants reliable and stable fashion, all right? In this industry, you gotta be a shark, man. You gotta just constantly move forward.
John: You know something, son, there's actually somebody in this room who founded a very successful company.
Brady: Right, and I was just handed Titan, so I don't know what the hell I'm talking about.
John: That's not what I'm saying. I'm just saying I'm not naive here, I know what I'm talking about.
Brady: Why don't we change the subject? How about that? Let's talk about something else. All right?
John: Sure. What do you think about the Yankees this spring?
Brady: Dad, I'm not a Yankees fan.
John: It was a joke, son.
Brady: I know you're joking, but I'm serious here, okay? We're not gonna work on any ad campaign. Right now, we're gonna decide if we can work together.
Melanie: You're a little bit early, Mrs.-- Mrs. Abigail.
John: So we disagree one time and you just...immediately flip out that we-can't-work-together card, right?
Brady: I didn't say that. I just think we should have a talk about how this is gonna work.
Brady: I do have experience, okay? I did a good job at Titan.
John: Correction--you did a great job and I want you onboard. Maybe you're not hearing what I'm saying. I'm not saying no to your ideas. I'm just saying not yet.
Brady: Not yet, not yet. Not yet means later. If we don't make decisive moves now, there isn't gonna be a later. And as far as I'm concerned, it's a deal breaker, Dad.
Abigail: You didn't know?
Melanie: Know what?
Abigail: That Quinn set this whole thing up? He sent me in here without telling me that you were here.
Melanie: Oh. I'm sorry.
Abigail: Yeah, me too. I know that I'm the last person in the world you probably wanna see right now.
Melanie: I didn't say that.
Abigail: I know. Sorry.
Melanie: It's okay. You should stop apologizing.
Madison: You have a great space. You have fabulous design, terrific services. It's all designed to bring in a young crowd, and then you put this...smack dab in the middle of it? Countess Wilhelmina. Come one. It practically screams middle-aged.
Quinn: Haven't we already had this conversation?
Madison: That was before you could see that my sales figures bear me out. I believe I can solve all of your problems.
Madison: I'm going to use your spa for a huge national campaign that will promote Mad World Cosmetics.
Quinn: You mean you wanna do what Kate is already doing?
Madison: No. I'm going to launch a successful campaign--something Kate knows nothing about. Look. I'm offering you the opportunity to take your small, local business and make it national. You could open spas all over the united states and fill them up with whoever you want working for you, doing exactly what you want. Quinn, I know you're smart enough to know that this is the opportunity of a lifetime. So when do we start?
Jack: Marlena, wait. I don't think I can do this.
Marlena: I know that you can. I meant what I said. You're one of the bravest people I have ever known.
Jack: Yeah, right.
Marlena: Jack... what you went through was unspeakable. Now you're going through it all over again in order to heal. In my book, that's courage.
Jack: I want to, that doesn't mean that I can.
Marlena: The people in that room have been through what you've been through. They're helping each other. That's how they survive. They don't ever judge.
Jack: Abigail and J.J. They deserve a real father, not half of me.
Marlena: They do.
Jack: All right. Okay. I'm gonna do it, I can try. Okay? Cover me, I'm going in.
Marlena: Hi, everybody. I'm so glad to see you again. This is my friend Jack, the man that I told you about.
John: You know, kid, you're not the CEO here. You are my partner. You keep saying things like "dead wrong" and "deal breaker." Why is that?
Brady: I'll tell you why. Because I want you to know that I feel strongly about this.
John: I kinda got that idea. You've kinda been a "my way or the highway" frame of mind.
Brady: Okay, you can act like I'm the only one that's being a problem child here, but you're not being reasonable.
John: My name's on the company. My name's on the company.
Brady: What's my name, Brady Brown? I'm a Black as well.
John: What I'm saying is my whole reputation is tied to this relaunch. You think I'm gonna sit in the backseat and be passive?
Brady: Dad, I left a CEO position for this relaunch, okay? You don't think I know what's at stake here? I'm just trying to get you back on your feet--that's all I'm doing here.
John: By starting an ad campaign that flies in the very face of my company's principles!
Brady: How can you say something like that? You haven't even heard me out! You don't even know--
John: It took you a whole three seconds to dismiss everything I presented to you.
Brady: Dad, I didn't know I wasn't supposed to disagree with you. Fine, I will agree with everything you have to say.
John: I'm gonna say something right now that you might find hard to take.
John: I think you're acting like a jerk. Kinda like I am right now.
Leslie: Hi, Jack, I'm Leslie.
Jack: Hi. This is Isaac, my service dog.
Leslie: Why don't you come on in and join us? It's okay, really. Come on. This is Mike.
Mike: CW3 Mike Maddux, Army National Guard. Three tours in Afghanistan.
Jack: Wow. That's quite a grip you've got there, sir.
Leslie: This is Sgt. Rivera.
Paco: Hey. Call me Paco.
Leslie: And over here is Robert.
Mike: Is he gonna sit down? He's making me nervous.
Leslie: Mike. Pat called, and she left a message and she's on her way.
Marlena: Oh, good.
Mike: Paco was just talking about whether to re-up or not.
Paco: I've only been back for about three weeks, but um...
Marlena: What, Paco?
Paco: Doesn't really feel like I'm at home anymore. Yeah.
Mike: Where'd you serve?
Jack: Uh, actually, I'm not in the service. I write, I'm a journalist.
Mike: Yeah, you know what, Jack? No offense but I'm not a real big fan of journalists myself. Maybe you meant well, but... nine times out of ten, you guys got it all wrong. Guess you had to be there.
Marlena: Jack was there.
Leslie: Maybe we should just listen to what he has to say.
[Jack clears throat]
Leslie: So where were you?
Jack: I was, um--I was in Afghanistan. Kandahar. I was working on a story about the drug trade. Anyway, I--
Leslie: How long were you there?
Leslie: How long were you there?
Jack: Oh, I was there about-- just about--about a year.
Leslie: On one story.
Jack: I-- I was kidnapped. They kidnapped me. They kept me in a cave for about a year. And what you said, I kinda feel-- I kinda feel that's right. It doesn't feel like home. It feels--it feels like I'm still back there in that cave.
Mike: I told you I don't like to talk to guys who are standing over me.
Leslie: Jack... sit down, join our group.
John: You know, I think what the problem is here--
Brady: Is that we're too much alike.
John: Well, your stubborn streak probably didn't come out of nowhere.
Brady: You were the one being stubborn. I was just being right. I still stand behind everything I said.
Brady: Well, then we are at the same place that we were two hours ago.
John: I don't think so. No. See, we disagree but we're still here. That's gotta stand for something. We can disagree on the big stuff, but I know that I can trust you and that's biggest thing of all. So I'll tell you what. Why don't we-- why don't we try crunching the numbers both ways and maybe we can come up with something we both can live with?
Brady: What are you suggesting, that we try to be reasonable and compromise and work things out?
Brady: What are you, nuts?
John: Crazy old man, yeah.
Brady: I'm sorry. I gotta disagree with you on that one too.
Melanie: That's awesome about the internship.
Abigail: Yeah. Thanks. I better go.
Quinn: So I see you two haven't killed each other. Can we call that progress?
Melanie: Sure, Quinn. We can call that progress.
Quinn: Well, hey, it's a start, right?
Madison: Or not.
Melanie: I'm sorry, do we-- do you know--do we know each other?
Quinn: Oh, I'm sorry. Madison James, Melanie Jones.
Melanie: No, no. I know who you are. Everybody knows who you are.
Madison: Oh, well, I know who you are too. In fact, I was just talking to Quinn about a new campaign that I wanna launch for Mad World featuring the two of you.
Melanie: Excuse me?
Abigail: The two of us?
Madison: Yeah, I want the spa to play a major role in a new ad campaign for a new Mad World product, and I was just thinking that maybe the two of you could be the faces of the new line.
Abigail: Wait, you mean like model?
Madison: Yeah. That's exactly what I mean. I mean, you're both beautiful, right? I mean, but without looking like every other cute girl at the mall. And I really like the way that you relate to each other.
Quinn: I think you mean related to each other.
Melanie: Well, I'm sure you know that Kate is using local talent for Countess Wilhelmina. But it's my feeling that that boy-girl thing--that's just very passť, those ads.
Melanie: Yeah, those-- the boy-girl thing. That's--that's last week.
Madison: Well, my feeling is that I wanna feature friends, you know--best friends. Real friends who look like real people who actually really like each other, make each other laugh.
Quinn: Mm-hmm, but we have a problem here.
Madison: Yeah, we do. 'Cause if you two are on the outs, so to speak, then I don't need either one of you.
Leslie: All right, everyone. We need to get back to our seats so we can get started.
Marlena: Leslie, before the break, I think you were about to speak.
Leslie: What I wanted to share was...the thing that I remember the most, after all these years...is the sound of gunfire. And the people. The warm, amazing people of Bosnia.
Marlena: Jack? What were you about to say?
Jack: I just think that's an amazing thing for you to be able to say. You've lost so much.
Leslie: I lost my leg, but I can still walk. I lost most of my vision, but I can still see a little bit. So many of the people over there--they lost their lives. Their towns, their families, communities just decimated. And worst of all, they lost their hope. Their sense of freedom. I could see it in their eyes.
Paco: What you guys did over there to bring peace, it's uh-- it's one of the things that inspired me to enlist in the first place.
Leslie: Paco, you never told me that before.
Marlena: Paco... do you wanna tell Jack your story?
Paco: No, I'm good.
Mike: He's got a Purple Heart. He also saw his best friend die. Roadside bomb.
Jack: You wanna go back there?
Paco: Rob did. He's even thinking about going back for a third tour.
Rob: Now I got this stupid blood clot. Gonna do my 20-plus years, and instead I'm medically retired.
Paco: I know how Rob feels, man. I think about the guys that are still there. Feel like I let 'em down.
Jack: But it's over for you. You're done, you're out.
Paco: Most nights, I wake up in a sweat. I can still hear the gunfire. I see the faces of the guys in my unit and my wife. She keeps wanting me to talk about it. But how am I supposed to talk about those things? Then we just both have to live with it.
Jack: Paco, how old are you?
Paco: I'm 20, sir.
Jack: I mean, you're still a kid. You're my daughter's age.
Paco: I'm not a kid, sir. Not anymore.
Pat: Sorry I'm late, guys. Babysitter problems.
Marlena: Hi, Pat, I'm so glad you made it.
Pat: Hi, I'm Pat.
Jack: Pat, I'm Jack. It's nice to meet you.
Marlena: Pat's a Marine, Jack. She's got three commendation's for bravery when she was in Iraq. She pulled wounded bodies to safety under enemy fire.
Pat: I'm sorry. Isn't that what we were supposed to do?
Marlena: Jack... why don't you tell her your story?
Mike: She won't talk about herself, but she's a real good listener.
Brady: You know what, it seems like we were actually thinking along the same line here.
John: We watch our pennies, we can have it both ways. We'll even hire that crazy guy you're talking about.
Brady: Hey, that crazy guy is gonna be the next Alexander McQueen.
John: Well, you can promote the next Alexander McQueen on the internet. I'm gonna reintroduce a classic line using more traditional media.
Brady: Dad, I gotta say... I think we just reached a compromise or something.
John: I think Black is back.
Madison: Well, Quinn, I guess I need to go back to the drawing board. So...a minute of your time before I go.
Abigail: Wait, wait, wait. So that's it? You're just gonna move on to plan "B"?
Madison: Well, I don't see how we can possibly have an ad campaign about friendship unless we have, you know, friends. And Melanie, Quinn told me how busy you are, so maybe you don't even wanna do it. Maybe you're not interested.
Melanie: Well, he--Quinn, thanks for that. I'm a little interested.
Abigail: I'm a lot interested.
Quinn: So the only stumbling block we have here is that the two of you can't stand to be in the same room together. I think you should go back to that passť boy-girl thing. Unless of course, the two of you can work things out.
Leslie: When I came home, I felt so disfigured. I realized I had to mourn my leg...and my vision. The person that I used to be. It's taken me a long time to get to where I'm at today. To be grateful for what I still have. Obviously I'm still in therapy. But you know, it's the small Victories that keep you going. Like for me, walking in high heels again. Damn, that felt great. I mean, it took a lot of practice, and I fell down a lot, but it was worth it. And then shaving 20 seconds off my 5K personal best. I mean, it's not what I did in pt when I was 20, but yeah, I'll take it.
Jack: It's better than I could do.
Leslie: Deciding not to let myself be a victim... that was a choice. I had to find my courage. I still have my voice. And I definitely still have my spirit. And now I can use my experience to reach out and give hope to others. If I can inspire just one person--
Marlena: I think you have.
Pat: Sometimes I think I'm doing okay. And then Colton--he's my three-year-old--he looks at me and asks me what's wrong. Like he can see it in my eyes. I don't want him to. He's the one that kept me going. He's my everything.
Mike: It just gets kinda like um... I mean, we talk in here. But at home or at a bar or something... can't say anything. And it's like I'm not me. Like I'm just kinda walking through my life. And no one but you guys knows what I've seen... what I'm thinking.
Paco: So I think it was-- I think it was good. I think it helped Eric's mom to know that I was holding him when he died... so that I could tell her his last words were, "Tell my mom I love her." Eric, man, he was um-- he was my big brother. Guy could really make me laugh. I haven't laughed since that day. Sometimes... I don't think I ever will again.
Quinn: Madison, I'll see you at the front desk.
Madison: This ad campaign has to feel completely authentic. So if you guys wanna do this, you have to patch things up for real.
Melanie: Yeah, we hear you.
Madison: Okay. I'm gonna need an answer soon. Just let me know. Abigail, I'll see you at the office.
Madison: Have you decided to take my offer?
Quinn: It's kind of a big decision. Do I get more than five minutes to think about it?
Madison: What's there to think about?
Quinn: How about the fact that if I decided to go with Mad World, I'll be breaking my agreement with Kate and Countess W.
Madison: Who cares?
Quinn: She might.
Madison: Boo hoo. Has she offered you national exposure? Is she gonna make you rich, Quinn?
Quinn: Oh, and you are?
Madison: Replace all this junk with Mad World, I will make you the Warren Buffet of day spas. Yeah. I'll take that as a yes.
Abigail: Your dad left town?
Melanie: Your mom didn't tell you?
Abigail: No. I guess she didn't wanna talk about it. Melanie, I'm so sorry. I know how close you are with your dad.
Melanie: I just think he needed some time, you know? Just wanted to get away from everything.
Abigail: You-- I wish...
Abigail: I was gonna say you should've called. But why would you, considering the things that I said to you?
Melanie: It's not what you said that hurt. I understand why you said-- I understand why you're upset with me. What hurt my feelings is that you weren't listening to me when I told you that your friendship with me means more than any guy, or Chad--anyone.
Abigail: I was listening. I heard you, and... maybe I even believed you. But saying that means that you actually care about him. I mean, you do, don't you? Even now you still want to be with him? Yeah. See, that's what I thought. Now we're right back to where we started.
Marlena: Jack. You haven't said much.
Jack: Well, I-- after everybody's spoken here, I mean, what more can I say? Other than--I mean, it's crazy to think that you're the only one who's ever been to hell and back.
Mike: The sad thing is though it's not a small club. There are thousands like us in every city, state, and hospitals, streets.
Paco: People just like us going through exactly what we went through who are still serving in countries that most folks have never even heard of.
Jack: I swear I'm never gonna feel sorry for myself again.
Paco: So...what was it like in that cave? For what, like a year?
Leslie: Trust me. Telling us what happened is not feeling sorry for yourself. It's something you really need to do.
Jack: Time is weird. I knew it was important if I could just...remember what-- what day it was. If I knew...the day. I kept a calendar. I scratched it on a rock. It was a hidden. They couldn't see it. I just thought if I could just remember the date--the day-- I wouldn't go crazy. I know that's stupid. It's just so stupid.
Mike: Nothing that gets you through it is stupid.
Jack: They--they beat us. They tortured us. [Painful groaning] But I kept saying... "I will go home. I will! I will go home! I will make it home." And--and then one day... they came and they-- they killed one of the prisoners. They-- they took my--a friend--and I could hear him screaming. I didn't wanna know that there were people who could do that to another human being. I didn't wanna be in a world where there were people who could be like that. And now...that world and those people... are more real to me... than any of this. It's like I-- it's like I said. I feel like I'm still back in that cave. Then when I got out and got back, I said, "Yes! Yes, I made it! I survived! I got back. Now I'm just gonna pick up where I left off and I'm just gonna go!" And it--it didn't work out that way. I managed to scare the hell out my wife. My ex-wife. And I kept freaking out. I kept freaking out. It wasn't the people back there, and it wasn't-- it wasn't everything that happened back there. It wasn't the fact that the world had moved on without me... and all the people I knew had moved on without me. It's because I couldn't. I couldn't...because I have a huge part of myself... that's back there... halfway around the world... in a cave. I wanna be-- I wanna be a good dad to my kids. I wanna be a man. A man...whose wife wants to be with him. I want to be whole again. I just want to be whole.
Marlena: Thank you, Jack. Our time is just about up for today. Thank you all for being here. I know this is not easy for anybody. During the session, I was reminded of what a World War II vet said to me once. He said for those that were there... no explanation necessary. For those that weren't... no explanation possible. I hope you all come back next week. Until then, stay safe and stay close.
Jack: Okay. Yeah.
Paco: I feel you. You'll be all right.
Jack: Oh, yeah. You too, Paco. Yeah. Yeah.
Rob: It'll be okay, brother.
Jack: Thank you. Yeah, yeah.
Pat: Good luck.
Jack: Thank you.
Leslie: Thanks for sharing that.
Jack: Thank you. Thanks for having me.
Leslie: Absolutely. I'm so proud of you. Hang in there. See you again.
Jack: Oh. Oh.
Marlena: I know.
Jack: Thank you.
Marlena: You did really good.
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EJ: I'm gonna throw a little party, and I would like you to bring the guest of honor.
Abigail: I'm much more mature than you realize.
Hope: Did you see what's inside that box?
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