Pleasantview - Series 1 - Episode 01 - A Familiar Face

Welcome to Pleasantview. 3 years ago to this day Bella Goth disappeared. 3 days ago, Mortimer Goth, her husband, and the father of Cassandra and Alexandra, died after fighting a loosing battle with cancer.

When Bella disappeared Mary Sue Pleasant became a great friend to the family and filled many of the roles of Bella, but all along, she knew where Bella had gone. After a year she revealed the truth to Cassandra, and together they decided not to tell Mortimer. He continued to live in hope that someday Bella would return.

Cassandra: Alex, would you like to watch some TV?
Alexandra: No... I just...
Mary Sue: Go to bed dear, and get a good nights sleep. You'll feel a bit better in the morning.
Alexandra: I want dad.
Cassandra: We know you do Alex, we all do, but he's gone. Go and get some sleep. I'll come and check on you later.

Cassandra: Why did he have to die!?
Mary Sue:
Oh Cassandra, I am so sorry.
Cassandra:
I know, and I really appreciate your support, but I just want him back so much. Why is everything going wrong Mary? Mum disappeared, Don left me and now Dad's died! You or Alex will probably be taken away from me next!
Mary Sue:
Cassandra, It's going to be ok.
Cassandra:
It's not, how can I hold down a job and look after Alex? I'm supposed to be his sister, not his mother!
Mary Sue:
I'll be here to help whenever you need me. My daughters are off to university in a week. I'll have plenty of time.
Cassandra:
I wish I could turn back time.
Mary Sue:
So do I. Everyday I wish I could put things back to how they were for you.
Cassandra: I wish I could give you your life back. We all really appreciate what you've done for us.

Cassandra: I want you to come to the will reading tomorrow.
Mary Sue:
Why?
Cassandra:
You meant a lot to him, and to us. 3 years... it's been 3 years since mum left and you were there for us all. You did the job she should have been doing.
Mary Sue:
The will is really only for the family.
Cassandra:
And friends... look, he knew how hard it was for you money wise after your husband left and he made his will around that time. You'd been caring for us for... what... about 2 years then?
Mary Sue:
I guess.
Cassandra:
Dad would of left you something, I know it, and if not we can't let you struggle on with all the bills, especially with Lilith and Angela going off to university.
Mary Sue:
I've told you before though; I just can't accept money from you.
Cassandra:
Mary, you've done so much for us! If you weren't looking after us half the time you would have been able to get a better job and earn more money... you really deserve something in return for all your hard work... no arguments, just come along to the reading.

Mary Sue: I'll be there for you, to give you support, but I really couldn't take a penny from Mortimer.
Cassandra:
You wouldn't want to go against his wishes.
Mary Sue:
I suppose that's true.
Cassandra:
Just come and see what he says.
Mary Sue: Ok.
Cassandra: Thanks again for coming today. We wanted to have a private funeral, but it never crossed my mind not to invite you. Mortimer would of wanted you there.
Mary Sue:
I can't believe he's gone.
Cassandra:
I know. I never thought I'd have to say goodbye.
Mary Sue:
Do you think we should have told him the truth? About... Bella?
Cassandra:
It was best for him not to know. I'll tell Alex when he's a bit older... tell him what an evil cow his mother was!

The next day...

Cassandra: You are going to school!
Alexandra: No I'm not!

Cassandra: We need to get back to our normal lives. I'm going to work, so your going to school.
Alexandra:
If Mary was here she wouldn't make me go.
Cassandra:
Well Mary isn't here, and I'm in charge of you now! Your going to school!
Alexandra:
I don't want to go. What about dad's will?
Cassandra:
I'll tell you what's said.
Alexandra:
It's not fair.
Cassandra:
Please, just do this for me Alex. It's hard for both of us, but I can't leave you here all day alone.
Alexandra:
I'm 13, and I can look after myself!
Cassandra:
Legally, you can't, so please, just go and get ready. The bus will be here in 20 minutes.

Cassandra: Have a nice day Alex.
Alexandra:
I'll try.
Cassandra:
Everything's going to be all right.

Cassandra: Mum!?

Cassandra: Leave!
Bella: Cassandra? It's me!
Cassandra: LEAVE NOW!
Bella: But...
Cassandra: GET AWAY FROM ME!
Bella: Let me explain where I've been.
Cassandra: I'm late for work...
Bella: Cassandra!

Mary Sue: You!
Bella:
Mary, I'm sorry...
Mary Sue:
It's too late for sorrys.
Bella:
I take it you told Cassandra.
Mary Sue:
She had a right to know.
Bella:
And Mortimer?
Mary Sue:
It never seemed right to tell him.
Bella:
Oh good.
Mary Sue
It doesn't make a difference to him now, not where he is.
Bella:
He's not here?
Mary Sue:
Don't you know!? I presumed that's why you'd come back.
Bella:
What's happened?
Mary Sue:
Mortimer... he's... dead!
Bella:
(sobs) No!
Mary Sue:
Cancer...

 

Mary Sue: Mortimer, the doctor is here to see you.
Doctor:
Hello Mortimer, I've got the results of the tests we did the other day and felt I should deliver them in person rather than over the phone.
Mortimer:
Bad news, is it?
Doctor:
I'm afraid so.
Mortimer:
Well you better sit down.
Doctor:
Thank you.

Doctor: Mary, could you leave the room while..
Mortimer:
No, I want her to stay.
Doctor:
Very well. I'm afraid there's no easy way to say this Mortimer... you've got cancer.
Mary Sue:
No!
Mortimer:
Where is it?
Doctor:
It started in your bowel, but it's now very widespread.
Mary Sue:
Yeah, but you can fix it, right? Mortimer can afford to go private if necessary.
Doctor:
I'm afraid no amount of money can fix this. The cancer is too widespread.
Mortimer:
So, I'm going to die?
Doctor:
Yes, I'm sorry.
Mortimer:
How long have I got?
Doctor:
Just over a year. All we can do is provide you with pain relief, and allow you to go comfortably when it get's nearer the time.
Mortimer:
Well, everyone dies eventually. I guess it's just my turn.
Doctor:
Just make sure you set your affairs in order, and enjoy your last days Mortimer.
Mortimer:
Yes, I will. Thank you Doctor.
Doctor:
I better be off now, but I'll come back tomorrow and arrange everything for you.
Mortimer:
Thank you.

Mary Sue: I can't believe it.
Doctor:
Neither could I. Mortimer has always been a much liked patient of mine, and I'm going to hate saying goodbye.
Mary Sue:
Will he be in any pain?
Doctor:
We'll make sure he's comfortable at all times. I'm also going to arrange for a home nurse.
Mary Sue:
That would be great.
Doctor:
I must go now. If you need anything then please don't hesitate to give me a call.
Mary Sue:
I won't.

Mary Sue: It took 2 years to kill him... he always was a fighter. I could never tell him the truth about you, not while he was on his death bed. It was the hope that you'd return that kept him fighting for his life. If I told him you'd left him for another man he probably would have died right before my eyes.
Bella:
I can't believe he's dead.
Mary Sue:
Neither can I, he was like family to me.

Bella: What about Alexander, how's he?
Mary Sue:
Do you mean does he know the truth about you? No, he believes you to have disappeared... which is true, because you did disappear. They just woke up one day to find that you'd gone. In fact, for some time he was convinced you'd been abducted. He was ten Bella! Just ten! Your ten year old son believing his mother had been abducted by aliens, while you were really swanning around the world with another man, all because you were too cowardly to tell them the truth!
Bella:
I guess I made a mistake.
Mary Sue:
That's an understatement. I told you not to go, and you wouldn't even listen to your best friend! Why are you back here? What about what's-his-name?

Mary Sue: Bella?
Bella:
It didn't work out with Henry.
Mary Sue:
So you thought you could just come back and pick off where you left off!?
Bella:
I know it'll be hard work, but it's worth a try.
Mary Sue:
You will never get your children back, and you defiantly won't get your husband back now!
Bella:
And what about my best friend?
Mary Sue:
No.
Bella:
Could you do me one last favour?
Mary Sue:
I doubt it. I've been doing you favours since you left!
Bella:
Could you give me a bed for a few days, if Daniel doesn't mind?
Mary Sue:
Daniel left me!
Bella:
I'm sorry.
Mary Sue:
Don't you dare say that. You care about no one but yourself. You proved that the night you left here.
Bella:
Please, just let me stay a few days... I've got no one else to turn to.
Mary Sue:
You've slept with half the men in the neighbourhood, maybe one of them will take you in!
Bella:
You make me sound like some dirty hor.
Mary Sue:
That's exactly what you are! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to be somewhere.

Mary Sue: She must have had trouble getting off work.
Solicitor: I see.
Mary Sue: I didn't expect her to go to work today. We only buried Mortimer last night after all.
Solicitor: Yes, well, it's sometimes best to keep busy after suffering a loss.
Mary Sue: Yes, I guess that's why she sent Alex to school today. He phoned me earlier complaining about her. I really do feel so sorry for them both.

Dina: Bella?
Bella: Dina? Where's Don?
Dina: Bella, what are you doing here?
Bella: Are you and Don together?
Dina: Were married, and this is Jack...  our son, he's six months old.
Bella: I didn't think Don would ever settle down. I thought he'd always be a bachelor.
Dina: Things change.
Bella: They defiantly do... he was engaged to my daughter when I left.
Dina: It didn't work out between them.
Bella: Why not?
Dina: Back then he wasn't ready to settle down, he changed his mind at the last minute. Just under two years later he got me pregnant and here we are today.
Bella: I see. Where is he anyway?
Dina: Prison.
Bella: What!? Are we talking about the same Don here? I know he liked to have a good time but I didn't think he'd ever land himself in prison. What did he do!?
Dina: He was caught with a prostitute.
Bella: I didn't think that got you a prison sentence.
Dina: It does when he was caught on the streets.
Bella: How long has he been in there?
Dina: Just two days. He's in there for a month.
Bella: That's ridiculous. What did the prostitute get?
Dina: Community service.
Bella: I see the judgement service in this town is still as unfair as ever!

Bella: He is so beautiful. I'm really pleased for you.
Dina:
Bella... why are back here? Where did you go?
Bella: I found someone else, but it didn't work out.
Dina: If only you'd come back sooner, Mortimer's dead.
Bella: I've just found that out. I can't believe it.
Dina: Neither can I.
Bella: I was going to ask you to give me somewhere to stay, but it looks like you've got a full house.
Dina: Yeah, you know I've only got the one bedroom. Were saving up to have a third floor put on though... for Jack. We've got a cot squeezed in our room at the moment. Why can't you stay at your house anyway?
Bella: Cassandra found out why I left... she hate's me.
Dina: She'll forgive you.
Bella: I hope so.
Dina: I'd love to catch up more, but I've got a lot of things to do.
Bella: I could stay and help you out.
Dina: That would be great, but aren't you going to the solicitors?
Bella: What?
Dina: Mortimer's will is being read today...

Cassandra: Sorry I'm late... my boss kicked up a fuss about letting me go early.
Solicitor: No problem, you're my last client of the day so I'm in no rush.
Cassandra: Should we get this over with then?
Solicitor: Yes, of course. Now, it's becoming more common for people to leave video wills and that is what Mortimer chose to do. Obviously, it can be difficult to watch it, so I could read a transcript out for you if you wish.
Cassandra: No, it's ok, I'd like to see him.
Solicitor: Very well...

Mortimer: Hi. If you're watching this it means that I'm dead and floating through the air as pieces of ash.
Cassandra: He said he wanted to be buried!
Mortimer: (Laughs) I'm only joking... I'd rather be eaten by worms than split into millions of tiny particles. Cassandra, and Mary Sue - I hope your here too. Now that I'm gone I want to make sure your both well cared for, along with Alexander of course, so I would like the money in my bank account split into three equal shares. Cassandra, you must take care of Alexander's money until he is 18.
Cassandra: How much is in his account?
Solicitor: Approximately one and a half million simoleons.
May Sue: Oh my god!
Solicitor: Mortimer was a hard worker, and knew how to invest his money wisely.
Mortimer: If Bella is ever to return, I would like her to own the house.
Cassandra: What!?
Mortimer: It only seems fair after we brought the house together. I've been waiting years for her to return but I'm beginning to doubt if she ever will. I just wish I knew where she was now.
Cassandra: He can't leave her the house.
Mortimer: Obviously, it is my wish that Cassandra and Alex remain at the house for as long as they choose to, as I'm sure Bella will want them to anyway.
Cassandra: He can't leave her the house!

Solicitor: Is there a problem Miss Goth?
Cassandra: She left him for another man! We never told him the truth, not with him dying.
Solicitor: Well Mortimer's wishes should be abided by. However, I see no point in worrying about it now. Should Bella ever return then...
Mary Sue: She came back today.
Solicitor: She did? Well in that case, you should tell her to come and see me so I can tell her Mortimer's wishes and hand her the deeds to the house.
Mary Sue: I will never tell her.
Cassandra: Dad didn't know what she did to him. He wouldn't want this if he knew.
Solicitor: Yes, but, the thing is he didn't know, and now Bella Goth is the rightful owner of 165 Sim Lane. Even if you don't tell her to come and see me, I daresay she'll pay me a visit anyway in her own time, and it is the law for me to tell her the truth.
Mary Sue: We'll pay you not to tell her.
Solicitor: Miss Pleasant, I appreciate that there is obviously a story to Mrs Goth, and that it is important to you that she doesn't get the house, but I'm afraid I've already been paid, by Mortimer, as his solicitor, to ensure his wishes are carried out in full.  Should we finish the tape?
Cassandra: There's more?
Solicitor: Yes. Mortimer leaves you and Alex all his possessions and all of the house furniture.
Cassandra: So we could always take away the furniture, but, still, that house is important to us, and I will not let her back into it... ever!

Bella: Is that so?