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The Team - Episode 6: Desperate Situations
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The Team - Episode 6: Desperate Situations
After coach punishes the team for having a party by cutting short their leave, Kezia and Oli happen upon a group of people beating up Kezia's brother Rodez. The team must confront the reality of mob justice and an unfair health care system, and joins together to help Rodez.
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Segment 1

COACH
I trusted your judgment.
JOHARI
I didn't know it would turn out that wild, coach.
COACH
What was the fracas about?
JOHARI
It was started by a wrong joke at the wrong time.
COACH
When will you people going to learn how to act as a team and not individuals?
JOHARI
I’m sorry coach.
COACH
Go and assemble the players out there. So who started the fight?
ABBAS
Coach, I think it was Ben who started it.
KEZIA
Definitely the boys.
BEN
Me, I just saw blows flying from every direction.
PRIEST
I wish I knew.
JOHARI
Me, I’m not sure.
COACH
Who brought alcohol to the camp?
BEN
I don’t know.
KEZIA
Coach, definitely the boys.
JOHARI
There was alcohol? I had no idea.
COACH
I understand some of you were seen coming through the gate at eight in the night.
PRIEST
Yes coach. You see, we were just sitting and then we heard the sound of a car at the gate, so we rushed there to check what was wrong with the car. Suddenly we saw a bag fly from the fence to the compound. We wondered what was happening. So we took the bag and we came to the dining room to find out what was in it. By that time, guys were dancing to the music.
COACH
What else would they be dancing to?
PRIEST
The music coach, the music. Now coach, we took the bag to the dining room. In the haste of opening the bag, coach, lo and behold, gases came out of the bag in a very unique design. We were all surprised. Blue, red gases came out of the bag, and then people started getting drunk. When everyone was drunk, the fistfight began, followed by slaps and kicks. It became a mix coach. People started meeting differently. Generally, coach, that's what happened.
COACH
That was a very good performance. Only how I wish you’d perform the same as a team. You are to report back from your day off tomorrow evening. However, courtesy of Priest, you will report back tomorrow in the morning at nine am sharp. Dismissed. Priest!
PRIEST
Yes coach?
COACH
Can you try writing fiction? You would sell volumes. Leave!
BETH
I disagree with you punishing the innocent and guilty alike.
COACH
Beth, if these boys and girls don’t socialize as a team, how do you expect them to win as a team?
JOHARI
What were you fighting about yesterday?
BEN
If you just knew how my head is feeling, you wouldn’t ask me that question.
JOHARI
Your drunken situation last night put me in the bad books with coach.
BEN
Are you going to defend me if you’re talking like that?
JOHARI
No way. I'm responsible for everybody. No favors.
BEN
Enough of you bossing me around!
JOHARI
Stop behaving like a kid and grow up!
BEN
Have you considered the fact that it's because of "your" mixed tribe?
JOHARI
Ben, you have crossed the line. Have you heard, get used to it.
BEN
Brother, huh? Sometimes blood is thinner than mostly assumed.
JOHARI
But we are family Ben!
BEN
I already have family within the camp. Furthermore, "Miss Captain," thanks to you some of us are missing our weekend outing.
KEZIA
Have you heard the rumor? Captain is going to be sacked because of last night’s party.
OLI
What do you expect after such a wild party?
KEZIA
The party was tight.
OLI
Hey, what's going on over there?
WOMAN
This guy is the stupid guy, and he belongs to the bad tribe. Burn him! Kick him!
OLI
Stop it! You can't do this!
MAN
Philosopher, go away with that. Kick him! Take your philosophy away from here. Beat him! Kick him!
JOHARI
Abbas! Hey, Abbas!
ABBAS
Sorry. What's going on?
JOHARI
Nothing much. Yesterday night, whatever happened, it was a mistake. But I still feel we can be --
ABBAS
We can still be friends?
JOHARI
Yes. How did you figure that out?
ABBAS
Actually I feel the same way.
JOHARI
Really? I feel the same way too.
ABBAS
So are we cool? Are we good?
JOHARI
Yes. See you later.
ABBAS
Okay, talk to you later.
KEZIA
You’ll be okay. I’m going to talk to the nurse. Nurse, please?
NURSE
Hold on, I’ll be back.
WOMAN
Excuse me. I’m a patient.
RECEPTIONIST
Have a seat there.
KEZIA
Come on nurse, please, there must be something you can do to help him?
NURSE
It is hospital policy. I'd love to assist your boyfriend --
KEZIA
He's my brother. Please nurse, please.
NURSE
We can't admit him yet, but in the meantime let me give him some pain relievers.
KEZIA; Thank you nurse. Excuse me, how much will that be? >> RECEPTIONIST
Two hundred to open his file, doctor's consultant fee, there is the food fee --
KEZIA
Roughly how much?
RECEPTIONIST
Twelve thousand shillings.
KEZIA
Is there a phone anywhere around here?
RECEPTIONIST
Behind there.
KEZIA
Behind where?
RECEPTIONIST
Behind the wall.
KEZIA
Thank you.
OLI
Guys, we have a situation!
BETH
Calm down, Oli. Relax.
OLI
It is about Rodez, Kezia’s brother.
JOHARI
What has happened?
OLI
They almost lynched him right in front of my eyes! They grabbed me, but luckily I got away.
BETH
What about Kezia? Is she ok?
OLI
She’s with him at the hospital. I tried to stop them but they wouldn't listen.
PRIEST
Did those guys hurt you?
OLI
No, they grabbed me. I just got away.
PRIEST
Easy man. Those people don’t have mercy. Easy man.
JACKIE
Poor Kezia.
PRIEST
You know those guys would have hurt you bad. Guys, this is a serious issue. What do you say? You know the hospitals nowadays. Without money they can't help you. I know they haven’t attended to that boy. We all know Kezia is our sister. We can’t abandon her. Let's do something, what do you say?
BETH
I think Priest has a good idea. What do you think we should do?
BEN
By the way you guys, we get allowances, so let's help out as a team. What do you think?
JACKIE
I think we should first raise the admission fee. What do you think? I pledge five hundred shillings.
PRIEST
You’re giving five hundred shillings, that’s good.
JOHARI
Who does not have five hundred?
OLI
Two hundred.
PRIEST
That’s good.
ABBAS
I can get like one thousand, probably.
BEN
Same here.
TINA
Fifty.
PRIEST
Fifty shillings, that’s not bad.
TRIZA
One hundred.
BETH
So do you need a minute to get the money from the rooms?
KEZIA
Hello coach, it's me Kezia. My brother has been beaten by a mob. I’m at the hospital and I don’t have the money. Please coach; I don’t have anyone else. I am at the city hospital. Fine thanks.
COACH
Yes, I'm on my way to the hospital now. Is Oli okay? Was he injured?
BETH
Not physically. Yes, they started a fundraiser.
COACH
Really? That’s good. Take care of things for me there. All right.
JOHARI
Thank you guys very much. Oli, please count the money for us.
BETH
That was coach. He's on his way to the hospital.
COACH
Mum! Welcome!
MOTHER
Thank you! How is my boy doing?
COACH
I am very fine mum, welcome. It’s a surprise.
MOTHER
My grandchild. How is it going? Are you well?
LULU
I am fine grandma.
MOTHER
And you have become thinner.
COACH
Mum, this child is fine.
MOTHER
Girl, help me carry my things. They don’t feed you?
COACH
This child is fine. Mum, I have to run to the office.
MOTHER
Why? I have just arrived.
COACH
But Ma, you didn't even inform me you were coming.
MOTHER
You have forgotten. We arranged this visit last month, have you forgotten? Will I stay outside here or will I get in?
COACH
No ma, go in. The brother of one of our players has been attacked.
MOTHER
You know I don’t like it when you get involved in fighting. Don’t you remember all we’ve been through?
COACH
It’s true Ma, but I have to go and help out. I am running to the hospital.
MOTHER
And this player, where is she from? In which part of Kenya does she come from? Where was she born?
COACH
Ma, that doesn't matter. You get in. I will try to hurry up, and then we can chat. Welcome Ma. Lulu, keep your grandma company.
OLI
4,350.
COACH
Hello, a man was brought here badly injured.
RECEPTIONIST
And who are you to him?
COACH
I’m a relative.
RECEPTIONIST
Yes he’s here. And he’s here to be admitted.
COACH
Here, use my card. Where is he?
RECEPTIONIST
Over there.
COACH
Thank you.
NURSE
Give me the paper I asked for.
RECEPTIONIST
The deposit has already been paid.
NURSE
Oh, okay.
BETH
Oli, are you okay? I’m going to the hospital. Do you want to come? Come on, he will be fine. Let's go, it will be fine. Don’t worry yourself too much. Rodez will be fine.
DOCTOR
Are you the family of Rodez? This is the situation: Rodez has suffered injuries to the head and also to the body and this has lead to multiple fractures and internal bleeding.
KEZIA
Is he okay? Can I see him?
DOCTOR
Not at the moment. We need to operate so we have put him in what we call an "induced comma" before we operate.
COACH
Meaning?
DOCTOR
Don’t worry; he is a strong young man. He will pull through. My advice to you, go home, take a rest. He’s in safe hands.
JOHARI
Come in. Oli, how are you? What is it?
OLI
Rodez is a mess. The world sucks.
JOHARI
And how is Kezia?
OLI
What do you think?
JOHARI
Trouble knows no boundaries. Today it's me and tomorrow it's you.
OLI
Yeah.
JOHARI
Oli, what's eating you?
OLI
I don’t know.
JOHARI
What don't you know about?
OLI
How could he go back there?
JOHARI
Who are you talking about? What are you talking about?
OLI
Rodez. It keeps playing in my mind. He knew the people who attacked him. Most of them are his friends. How will he ever go back to his neighborhood if he lives through this? Or Kezia?
JOHARI
Listen, man is a victim or a villain, one way or another.
OLI
Do you hate them for what they did to you and your family?
JOHARI
No. I feel sorry for them.
OLI
I would hate them. I will hate those people who did this to Rodez if he dies.
JOHARI
And what will you get from that Oli? Come on, you need to go and get some rest. Come on, let's go.
OLI
Thanks.
JOHARI
You’re welcome.
OLI’S MOTHER
Hello baby.
OLI
Fine mother. Mom, I'm done with law school.
OLI'S MOTHER
Don't be silly. You're just in shock.
OLI
No, I am not in shock, I'm completely rational, mother.
OLI'S MOTHER
Hold on, darling. I'm talking to your stepson.
OLI
Sorry for interrupting, mother.
OLI'S MOTHER
Sarcasm won't do. Have you talked to your father?
OLI
For what? For a long time now, I have been forced to do what he wants. This time around, I'm doing it my way. Goodbye mother.
PRIEST
Unfortunately Oli, it's a cruel world and you may never be able to understand everything or everyone.
OLI
I don’t get it Priest. Why get degree in law if you can’t do anything? You can't help but watch innocent people getting more victimized each and every day. It's just not getting into my system.
PRIEST
Unfortunately, that’s life Oli. You can't be able to understand it.
OLI
Whatever, Priest. I’ve made up my mind. I have decided to follow my dream, rather than what my parent's want. It's my life and especially from now on, my football!
PRIEST
It's your call, brother. It's your call.
OLI
My destiny, period.
TINA
Oli, this is no solution.
OLI
There is no convincing me otherwise.
TINA
But you know there is no way to reverse this.
OLI
I've made up my mind.
KEZIA
Oli, I made the same mistake once. Please think before you make this decision.
PRIEST
Oliver, if you burn those books, no one will be able to differentiate you from that lynch mob. No one.