Free Pass (104.20)

104.20 SYNOPSIS:  Ben tells his daughter about a boomerang he once stole and why he felt like he did it. When he gives her a free pass for stealing the makeup, she opens up about not wanting him to see her a a screw up.  Olive asks Ben not to tell Grace.—>

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Olive learns about the boomerang

Scene switches to the Stone house. Ben and Olive enter through the front door.

BEN: Grace?

Olive begins to head up the stairs.

BEN: Hey, hold on.

Olive stops and turns around.

BEN: Honey, is this something you’ve done before?

OLIVE: No. Never, okay? I swear.

BEN: Did I ever tell you about the boomerang?

OLIVE: The what?

BEN: When I was 15, I stole a boomerang. It was a really cool boomerang.

Ben takes off his jacket.

OLIVE: Why’d you do it?

BEN: I don’t know. I just think I felt like everything in my life was out of whack. And at the time, it just seemed like a way to take the reins of something, anything, you know?

Olive given a free pass

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OLIVE: What did Grammy do?

BEN: [CHUCKLES] Not enough, actually. I remember thinking if she yelled at me or grounded me for a month, at least I could be mad at her, put some of my guilt someplace else, but she just looked at me and said “Everybody deserves one free pass.”

OLIVE: [VOICE BREAKING] I don’t deserve a free pass. [SNIFFLES]

BEN: Do you plan on stealing again?

OLIVE: No. Never.

BEN: So take the free pass.

Olive explains why she called Danny

OLIVE: Dad, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry that I called Danny instead of you. I just I didn’t want you to—

BEN: I know, I know.

OLIVE: No, you don’t. [PAUSE] Because you don’t know what a total screw up I am. And Danny knows I’m a mess, but you still see me as this sweet 10-year-old little girl, and I’m not. I’m so not her anymore.

BEN: No. [PAUSE] No, in some ways, you’re this whole new person. And you know what? I really love this whole new person. And sometimes I might not be great at communicating with her, but I want her to know whenever she needs help, she can always call me, no matter what. Okay?

Olive ask Ben to keep this a secret

OLIVE: Okay. Thank you. [PAUSE] Could we keep this whole thing just between us? I’ve been such a pain in the ass to Mom, and she’s been through a lot. And she will never, never understand this. Please.

BEN: Okay. It’ll be our secret.

OLIVE: Okay. Thank you, Dad.

BEN: But if you ever steal anything ever again, there’ll be hell to pay.

OLIVE: Even if it’s a really cool boomerang?

BEN: [CHUCKLES] I think we both know there’s no such thing. [BOTH CHUCKLE]

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