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"The Black Donnellys" Pilot (TV Episode 2007) Poster

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Joey Ice Cream: [narrating] The Irish have always been victims of negative stereotyping. I mean people think we're all drunks and brawlers. And sometimes that gets you so mad all you wanna do is get drunk and punch somebody.

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Tommy Donnelly: [Huey has just told Tommy that Jimmy and Kevin kidnapped Louie Downtown] Hey, Kevin!

Kevin Donnelly: Tommy, me and Jimmy went downtown with goodness in our hearts to work out a deal. But Louie starts threatening me, I mean, what was I supposed to do?

Tommy Donnelly: Kevin, everybody knows who did this. You kidnap somebody, they're not supposed to know who you are.

Kevin Donnelly: Tommy you think we're stupid? We wore masks.

Tommy Donnelly: You went down there with goodness in your hearts, but you wore masks?

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Huey Farrell: Jimmy's the only problem. He's a punk and a doper. He'll be more comfort to his mother dead than alive. Tommy's a smart boy. When Jimmy's gone, he'll be able to say he did what he could. As long as it's only Jimmy, cause anything other than that, it'll be me with the problem.

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Kevin Donnelly: Tommy, I love you but I'd rather fight you than Jimmy.

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Detective Sunny: Hey, you got any naked models at that art school? Cause I wanna visit.

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Jenny Reilly: You know Kevin tried to borrow four thousand dollars from me today?

Tommy Donnelly: Oh, *four* thousand. No kiddin'.

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[shot of Joey Ice Cream cozying up to Jenny]

[talking to the detective in a voiceover narration]

Joey Ice Cream: Now, a couple years before, Jenny, she married a schoolteacher. Now, Teach forgets to mention that he robs drug dealers to pay for his student loans. He goes into hiding, somebody stuffs him in an oil drum. Nobody had the heart to tell Jenny. I mean, even me, and we were like an item.

Jenny Reilly: Bug off, Joey.

Joey Ice Cream: [to Tommy, who has walked up] Yeah, you got it. She's a great girl, isn't she?

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Jenny Reilly: [Tommy furrows his brow] Problems?

Tommy Donnelly: Nah.

Jenny Reilly: Liar.

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Tommy Donnelly: [Sean is in the Hospital] Thank you for coming.

Jenny Reilly: Where's your mother?

Tommy Donnelly: She's in the waiting room. We're just waiting to hear from the doctor.

Jenny Reilly: I brought some food from the restaurant.

Tommy Donnelly: Good. Maybe if we get some more we could open up a Deli.

Jenny Reilly: You know, when I heard about Sean the person who told me thought it was you. I thought, what if he dies, and he never knows that I loved him? Dumb, huh? I mean I'm a married woman nothing's ever going to happen, I just couldn't stand the idea of you dying and not knowing.

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Tommy Donnelly: [Tommy walks outside to find Sean kissing the girl Tommy had just asked out] Hey! Hey Sean! What the hell are you doing?

Sean Donnelly: Are you guys like seeing each other? 'Cause I didn't know.

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Jimmy Donnelly: [about Louie Downtown, who he and Kevin have just kidnapped] He's Sal Minetta's Nephew! So he's worth more right?

Tommy Donnelly: Jimmy, we gotta give him back.

Jimmy Donnelly: What we? You walked away. He's not your Italian, he's our Italian!

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Joey Ice Cream: [voiceover] Now the Donnelly brothers were always together. There was Kevin, Tommy, Jimmy, and little Sean. And Jenny Reilly was like sewn to their hip. Even back then she drove poor Tommy crazy.

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Tommy Donnelly: Is Joey Ice Cream bothering you?

Jenny Reilly: No, no. He's just concerned that with my husband out of town I might not be getting enough, so he invited me to the bathroom for a couple minutes.

Tommy Donnelly: Hey! Hey Joey get back here!

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Detective Frankie Stein: How's Jimmy?

Tommy Donnelly: Jimmy's great.

Detective Frankie Stein: Yeah?

Tommy Donnelly: Why? What's up?

Detective Frankie Stein: Well, somebody stole a truck this morning in the garment district. The detective who caught the case, he asked me about Jimmy.

Tommy Donnelly: How could Jimmy steal a truck Frankie? He can't even drive.

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Jimmy Donnelly: [after getting into the truck he stole] Hey Tommy, you like this shirt?

Tommy Donnelly: You ask me if I like that shirt?

Jimmy Donnelly: Yeah, 'cause I got a couple thousand more in the back.

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[first lines]

Detective at prison: So, where are the bodies?

Joey Ice Cream: Oh, man. These guys are my friends.

Detective at prison: Here's the deal, Joey. You tell us where the bodies are, how they got there, and you stay in solitary, nice and safe. You lie, you go to general population where more people than I can count want to see you dead.

Detective Sunny: [throws a book down on the table harshly] Where are the bodies?

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Young Joey: [after somebody stole his ice cream] Hey that's mine, I stole that!

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Jimmy Donnelly: Hey, no banging on the machines!

Joey Ice Cream: What, it took my money!

Jimmy Donnelly: It's supposed to take your money!

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Tommy Donnelly: [to Jimmy] If you're in that much pain, Jimmy, why don't you just jump off a roof?

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Jimmy Donnelly: [after Sean's beaten up] You know I gotta do this, right? You know that no matter what you say I gotta make this right. You ask me to say I won't, I'll just lie.

[about Sean]

Jimmy Donnelly: I did that to him, Tommy.

[starts crying]

Jimmy Donnelly: I did it again.

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[last lines]

Joey Ice Cream: And that's where he left the bodies; right where they lay. Now, what the Italians did with them, I mean I can't say.

Detective Sunny: Those aren't the bodies we were asking about.

Joey Ice Cream: Oh.

[gets knocked out]

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Tommy Donnelly: [after leaving the bar and heading into the alleyway] What's this, the truck you didn't steal, Jimmy?

Jimmy Donnelly: Tommy, lighten up!

Tommy Donnelly: Get out of the truck. The cop's here.

Kevin Donnelly: Come on, you know Jimmy can't drive!

Tommy Donnelly: Neither can you! Get out of the truck!

Tommy Donnelly: [noticing a police car has parked in front of the alleyway where the stolen truck is] Son of a bitch! Get back in the truck!

Jimmy Donnelly: Now I should get in the truck.

Tommy Donnelly: Get back in the truck.

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[Kevin, Tommy, Jimmy, and Sean are walking away after the deal to sell the stolen shirts went awry]

Kevin Donnelly: So, anybody got any idea how to get four thousand dollars?

Sean Donnelly: Ya hear what Bobby O and JJ McGrane did?

[pause]

Sean Donnelly: They stole an Italian. Held him for ransom.

Tommy Donnelly: Where's Bobby O and JJ right now?

Sean Donnelly: I don't know. Attica, I think.

Tommy Donnelly: Right. See ya later.

[walks away, disgusted]

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[fighting against Tommy after he tackled him down into a pile of muck]

Louie: You too, Tommy? What are you thinking? Listen to me, I'll talk to my uncle. Your brothers'll walk away with broken legs. And I'll throw in the five grand Kevin owes.

Tommy Donnelly: Five grand? Five grand?

[punches Louie out]

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[voiceover narration]

Joey Ice Cream: I was the only one who saw him, the only one who knew that it was Tommy driving the car. And to this day, it's the one thing I never told anybody. I'm ashamed to be telling you now. Tommy never stole a car again, never did nothing, turned his whole life around. I mean, he could have made it out, only he was never going to let his brother be hurt again. And this was the day that changed Jimmy's life forever. 'Cause Jimmy went to rehab, and Tommy... Tommy became everything he never wanted. And whether he realized it or not, with Huey dead, Tommy had just taken over the neighborhood. And he was going to have to defend it.

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[voiceover narration]

Joey Ice Cream: See, all through history, people have accused the Black Irish of every crime that came along. They were supposed to have Gypsy blood, or Spanish or something, but my grandmother told me that before the Celts even showed up in Ireland, there was a race of dark-haired people who the Celts then proceeded to wipe out. But they could never get them all. A few of them ended up at the Firecracker Lounge.

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[voiceover narration]

Joey Ice Cream: Now, Jimmy knew a guy who would take the shirts for fifty cents apiece. There was only one complication. Apparently while we were in the bar, somebody stole the stolen shirts.

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[voiceover narration]

Joey Ice Cream: Okay, fast forward here. It's 1999, I'm flush, I'm feelin' good.

[in thought]

Joey Ice Cream: Firecracker Lounge, please.

Detective at prison: You were in juvie in '99.

Joey Ice Cream: It's 2002, I am flush, I am feelin' good!

Detective at prison: You get one more chance.

Joey Ice Cream: It's 2005 and I just spent the night with a woman who wouldn't stop.

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[voiceover narration]

Joey Ice Cream: Sean was still the baby. Everybody loved Sean, especially women, which is why his brothers never let their girlfriends anywhere near him.

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[Kevin is loosing badly at Blackjack to Louie]

Louie: You owe me $900.

Kevin Donnelly: Okay, once more through the deck

Louie: No, I'm not playing no more.

Kevin Donnelly: No, no, no. I am down 900. Damn right, you're going to playing.

Louie: You're not going to pay me, so why should I play?

Kevin Donnelly: Are you calling me a welcher?

Louie: So this is a real game and you're going to pay me?

[pause]

Kevin Donnelly: I'll pay you out of the ransom money.

Louie: Fine, deal. Go ahead.

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[arriving at Italian headquarters]

Nicky Cottero: What kind of freakin' idiots live in this world? You don't kidnap a Louie Downtown. You ask, we give, no problem.

Vinnie Culiari: [sighs] It's his nephew, Nicky. Do not make me laugh. You'll get me killed.

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[pulling up to the curb to pinch Jimmy for the truck robbery]

Detective Frankie Stein: Jimmy.

Jimmy Donnelly: Hey, Francis.

Detective Frankie Stein: How you doing tonight?

Jimmy Donnelly: Good. How are you?

Detective Frankie Stein: Oh, same old, same old.

[Detective Calero puts handcuffs on Jimmy]

Detective Frankie Stein: Detective Calero, I want you to take note that the suspect is turning himself in voluntarily.

Detective Domenic Calero: Yeah, I see that very clearly.

Jimmy Donnelly: Not for nothing, but what am I turning myself in for?

Detective Frankie Stein: Jimmy, you boost a truckload of shirts, you get seen. That's unlucky. You walk around all day wearing the evidence, I can't feel too sorry for you.

Jimmy Donnelly: So, this is for the truck thing?

Detective Frankie Stein: You got something else you want to confess to?

Jimmy Donnelly: No, I'm good.

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[narrating]

Joey Ice Cream: Tommy could drive anything. Before he became Mother Teresa, he had a big time penchant for joyriding.

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[narrating]

Joey Ice Cream: Now, Kevin had always thought of himself as a gambler. He always believed he was lucky. The fact that he'd never won a bet in his life somehow never dissuaded him of this notion.

Tommy Donnelly: Really, Kevin? $2,000? How could you lose $2,000 on jai alai? You don't even know what jai alai is, do you you? Why don't you show me? Show me how you play, Kevin.

[narrating]

Joey Ice Cream: Tommy had a knack for two things: drawing and getting his brothers out of trouble. What he didn't seem to understand is that he'd never go anywhere with the first if he couldn't let go of the second.

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[voiceover, repeated line]

Joey Ice Cream: I always wanted brothers like that.

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Joey Ice Cream: The Irish have always been victims of negative stereotyping. I mean people think we're all drunks and brawlers. And sometimes that gets you so mad all you wanna do is get drunk and punch somebody.

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