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
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
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
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.
OLIVE: Even if it’s a really cool boomerang?
BEN: [CHUCKLES] I think we both know there’s no such thing. [BOTH CHUCKLE]