Cecilia was the first to go.
What are you doing here? Honey
You're not old enough to know how bad life gets.
you've never been a 13 year old girl.
Everyone dates the demise of our neighborhood
from the suicides of the Lisbon girls.
People saw their clairvoyants in the wiped out elms
and the continuing decline of our auto industry.
Even then we tried putting the pieces together.
We still can't.
now whenever we meet at business lunches or cocktail parties
we find ourselves going over the evidence one more time.
All to understand those five girls,
who, after all these years, we can't get out of our minds.
Cecilia, the youngest, was 13.
And Lux was 14.
Bonnie was 15.
Mary was 16.
And Therese was 17.
No one understood how Mrs. Lisbon and Mr. Lisbon,
our Math teacher,
had produced such beautiful creatures.
Paul Baldino said
he found Cecilia on her first attempt.
l was the one who found her.
l was standing in the sewers around my house.
Through those tunnels you can get into anyone's house.
when Paul said this We believed him
because Paul's dad was Sammy the Shark Baldino
and his escape tunnel led through the sewers.
So l was thinking to see
one of those lesbian girls taking a shower.
And l walk in... And l see blood everywhere!
So l turned around and went right back out the tunnel.
l had to tell you guys that story. See you guys later.
l heard it was an accident.
lt was no accident. The parents are to blame.
l heard they found the razor in the toilet.
Everyone had opinions why Cecilia tried to kill herself.
That girl didn't want to die
she just wanted out of that house.
She wanted out of that decorating scheme.
The most popular theory
held Dominic Palazzolo to blame.
Dominic was an immigrant who was staying with relatives
until his family got settled in New Mexico.
He was the first boy here to wear sunglasses.
Within a week of arriving he'd fallen in love.
The object of his desire wasn't Cecilia,
but Diana Porter.
l love her!
When Diana Porter left on vacation, Dominic denounced God.
And to prove to Olivia his love
he jumped off the roof of his relatives' house.
l'm going to show you some images.
And... er, you tell me
what they remind you of.
l don't think that Cecilia truly meant to end her life.
Her act was a cry for help.
l know you're very strict,
but l think that Cecilia would benefit by having
a social outlet outside of the codification of school.
And interact with males her own age.
Peter helped Mr. Lisbon install a model
of the solar system in his classroom.
ln return, Mr. Lisbon invited him for dinner.
Bless us, O Lord, in these, Thy gifts
which we receive from Thy bounty through Christ. Amen.
Lux, please put your shirt on this instant. Sorry.
Thank you, dear. Can you pass the salt, please?
Ham? Thank you.
Sweetheart, would you like some peas? l hate peas.
lt's a nice looking ham, dear.
Well, thank you, honey. This is good, mum.
So, Peter, are you an aviation enthusiast?
Well, l don't know if l'd call myself an enthusiast.
l like planes.
Peter, are you on the football squad?
No. l play, but l'm not on the team.
Oh, l see. Not a team player.
Do you like to wrestle?
Are you OK?
A Brazilian frog entered the endangered species list today.
That's the third animal this year.
Oh, dear. Darling, l've never heard of it.
Excuse me. May l use the restroom? Of course.
The one down here isn't working very well.
Go upstairs through Cecilia's room.
l thought you'd died in there.
Are you done hogging the bathroom? l need something.
Do you mind?
Thank you. Are you forgetting something?
Peter, here's an air foil... Thank you.
lt's a demonstration of Bernoulli's Principle.
From then on the Lisbon house began to change.
Almost every day
and even when she wasn't keeping an eye on Cecilia
Lux would suntan on her towel, wearing a swimsuit
that caused the knife sharpener
to give her a 15 minute demonstration for free.
Following the doctor's orders
two weeks after Cecilia returned home
Mr. Lisbon persuaded his wife to let the girls throw
the first and the only party of their short lives.
There. ls that OK?
l've got to get dressed.
Welcome. Good evening, Mrs. Lisbon.
Come on in.
The party's in the basement.
Just go to the left and then down the stairs.
Hi, l'm Bonnie.
Hi... Tim. Nice to meet you.
Would you like some punch? Yeah.
Hi. Thank you.
Do you want to sit down? Yeah.