It's a town that's always attracted a certain kind of woman.
She arrives, ready to do battle...
...with lipstick and cleavage as her weapons of choice.
She is confident of victory
because she knows what life has taught her...
...that beauty is power.
But this is not a story about a woman with power.
This is about another kind of woman.
The middle-aged housewife no one ever talks about.
The drab sparrow no one has time for.
The plain Jane who is never invited to the party.
She has no beauty to draw upon.
No style. No grace.
This timid creature moves through life...
...as if invisible.
Still, she never complains.
Years of neglect have taught her
not to expect too much from life.
She's been told it's best to wait.
That one day, "The meek shall inherit the Earth."
Yes, this is the story of Alma Fillcot.
A very meek woman, who, one day...
...got tired of waiting.
Alma Fillcot's journey from inconsequential to infamous
began with a story in the morning paper.
Her life began to change...
when someone else's life had ended.
Bertram. Wake up.
Vonda Van Essen is dead.
She's the founder of the Elysian Park Garden Club.
It's considered the finest in Los Angeles.
And it's very exclusive.
The competition to get in is fierce.
They never have more than 20 members at a time,
but Vonda's death means there'll be an opening.
Normally, I wouldn't dare to dream,
but we both know I've done wonders with my garden.
So, do you think I should apply?
Do you think I have any hope at all of getting in?
I think that the women in that club would be lucky
to have you as a member.
But they are all rich society types.
Their gardens are tended to by professionals.
And if the competition is as fierce as you say, well...
It's idiotic to get my hopes up. Forget I mentioned it.
- Bye-bye. - Bye.
小迪 你起来了 你想吃早餐吗
Oh. Dee, you're up. Do you want breakfast?
I'll just grab a bite at the diner.
Oh, hold on. Your hem's undone.
Let me fix it for you.
我都站在柜台后面 妈妈 谁会看见
I work behind a counter, Ma. Who's gonna see?
Well, you might meet a nice man.
You don't want to seem sloppy.
I'll ask Sue to fix it.
She knows her way around a needle and thread.
Don't insult me, Dee.
I know how to sew a hem.
Heavens. Anyone can hem.
So, I heard you talking to Daddy.
There's some club you want to join?
I see these Garden Club ladies every week at this bistro downtown.
I plan my shopping so I can walk by and get a look at them.
They're so chic.
And they seem to have so much fun together.
I'd be happy every day of my life
if I had a group of elegant friends like that.
So, how does someone join a club like that?
Oh, well, you have to be nominated by a current member.
And then they vote.
But I don't know any of those women.
Except Rita Castillo, the club president.
I met her at your father's clinic.
Talk to her. I bet she'd help you.
Oh, I don't know.
I've introduced myself to her a few times,
but she never seems to remember me.
Guess I'm just not very memorable.
I say give it one more try.
-算了 纯粹是浪费时间 -也许是这样
- Nah, I'd just be wasting my time. - Maybe.
But what's that old saying?
Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Your hem is done.
Good, because I'm really late.
How would I go about it?
I can't just walk up to Rita Castillo
and say, "I'd like to join your club."
It's what a memorable woman would do.
It was the great irony of Alma's life.
While she yearned for some kind of companionship,
her husband had more friends than he knew what to do with.
Yes, everyone who knew Dr. Bertram Fillcot adored him.
Especially his patients.
-早 罗娜 -早 医生
- Morning, Rona. - Morning, Doctor.
Who's up first?
Maisie Moran and Biscuit.
Is that today?
Hello, Mrs. Moran.
How you doing?
Not so good, Doc.
I was thinking, maybe we could wait a couple of weeks.
You know? What's the rush?
Well, I understand, but...
Biscuit is in terrible pain.
And, uh, I hate to see unnecessary suffering.
You play music for the animals?
Yes. It's important for me that their last moments be beautiful.
You're so sweet.
Sweet little Biscuit.
You were always such a good boy.
Your mother's right here with you, like she's always been.
You were an exceptional dog.
And you need to know that your life had meaning.
You brought joy.