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Silver City Script



We are miners



Hard rock miners



To the shaft house



We must go



Pouryour bottles



On our shoulders



We are marching to the slow



On the line, boys



Freedom ofreligious worship

and expression.



Drillyour holes and stand in line



And his lack ofpolitical experience.

Soldiers ready-



His positions on crime,

immigration and gay marriage...



have earned him the endorsement ofseveral

Christian and family values organizations.



Can't you feel the rock dust



In your lungs



It'll cut down a miner



When he is stillyoung



Two years and the silicosis



Takes hold



Freedom from the cultural tyranny...



and the new-age demagogues.



- I do mean citizen.

- Yes, I feel like I'm dying



From mining for gold



What I'm talking about comes down to

that precious word "freedom. "



Richard Pilager cares

about Colorado.



I always turn to nature...



when I need to sort thi ngs out

i n my m i nd...



to make sense of the world.



But our environment is under siege-



Under siege?.

Under fire?. Under attack?.



It's not under anything, Dickie.

It's endangered.



I always turn to nature when-



Okay. Okay. All right.

Look. No, no!.



We'll buy    ofthe   -second spots...



and you'll put a hold

on the next   .



All right.

No, I'm here!. I'm here!.



I'm shooting

the bucolic fishing thing...



and the press is gonna be here

in about an hour...



and we're gonna have to give them

a photo op and position quotes.



So have the helicopter ready

on my signal.



Ifthey get really pushy,

I'll whisk him away.



Can'tyou find something less garish?.

Look at this!



- It looks like a French tickler.

- It's supposed to attract the big ones.



We're trying to attract voters, okay?.

Not fish.



Folks. Let's set up for rehearsal.



Director guy, the trout

are gonna spit this thing out.



No, Dickie, we just wantyou to go

through the action, okay?.



Nice and smooth, so we can

get the camera movement down.



- We'll deal with the props later.

- Let me get out ofyourway.



Okay. Let's start in nice and tight

on the hands, move up to his face...



and then go around to the front.



Okay, here we go!

We're rehearsing!



Roll sound.






You know, I've always

turned back to nature...



to sort things out in my mind,

to make sense ofthe world...



but our environment-



Damn it.



Our environment is endangered.



I'm hung up on something here.



- Here, let me get that foryou.

- No, I can get it.



Think I hooked a Russian submarine!



Dang, it's a whopper,

whatever it is.



Oh, God.



Put that down.

Turn that off. Now!



Turn it off, now!



Donna, we're scrambling here.



- What is the backup location for this?.

- Wilson's Creek.



Donna, we're gonna change

location to Wilson's Creek.



Notify the press people

and get the chopper in here immediately.



Dickie, you're on the chopper. Go!



- Somebody's screwing with us, Chuck.

- I'll deal with it.



Find out who it is

and cut him offat the knees!



I'm on top ofit. Just go.



All right. People?.



We're gonna relocate,

and I wantyou all to follow Leslie...



to Wilson's Creek, okay?.






Come here. Come here.



Come on.

Hold this. Hold it.



Thereyou go.



Leslie, I don't want

any ofthese people to leave...



before I debriefthem.



- Should I call the police?.

- No. I'll do that.



- Sir?.

- Yeah?.



What doyou want me to do with this?.



You don't reel it in,

and you don't let it get away.



Boy's been through the wringer.



You understand how much we appreciate

a low profile here, Sheriff?.



I've already spoken to Captain Fox

at the State Patrol.



You have, have you?.



You do yourjob-



and I am certain that

you're very good at it-



and I'm just doing mine.



Sheriff, I found something!



I don't think that's what

killed him, Davis! Keep looking.



Enthusiastic kid. Just hired him.



Doyou have any idea,

any guess as towhat this might be?.



Henry does all the guesswork

on the cold ones.



These people insist on floating

to the surface on my day off.






Chuck Raven. We met at

the fund-raiser for Clark Hodges.



Right. You're Dickie-



We were just about to shoot

an environmental spot-



beautiful setting, beautiful day-



then this happens.



I'm surprised you caught anything

with this lure.



Kermit, my man!

What's shakin'?.



You might want to run the Dustbuster

over him whileyou're at it, Lupe.



Boss wants to seeyou.



Just filling out mytime sheet.



She told me to let her know

the minuteyou come in.



What'd I fuck up this time?.



Danny boy!

My favorite snoop.



Mort, how's

the real estate moving?.



Got a big one on the hook, Danny.

Just gotta land her.



Later, folks!



Mort the mogul. He's had a big one

on the hook since the day I met him.






I have a client in my office...



who's brought a lot ofbusiness

to this firm over theyears...



and I need you to be

on your best behavior.



Obviously, we at the campaign...



don't want to seem

too interested.



We don't want to be associated

in the public mind with-



Why don'tyou just walk away from it?.



That's exactlywhat I intend to do.



These things tend to stick

in the public mind.



People get distracted

from the message.



Gerald Ford falling down

that flight ofstairs.



And Carterwhacking

that little rabbitwith his paddle.



I don'twant my candidate

remembered as-



As the guywho hooked a stiff

in Arapaho Lake.






There's also the remote possibility

that this is not a coincidence.



I don't think

I'm being paranoid...



when I consider the possibility...



that one of our opponents

had something to do with it.



You mean somebody put a dead body

in the lake as a prank?.



I'm not accusing

the other side.



I'm saying that when you

play this game to win...



you're bound to step on a few toes.



There are a few loose cannons

on this deck...



people who hold grudges.



Who'd hold a grudge

against Dickie Pilager?.



Unless it was some hazing incident

from his fraternity days.



I am the best at what I do

because I have the best intelligence.



Here are three names.



These are people

who I consider to be...



unstable enough

orvindictive enough-



And you want them investigated?.



I want them confronted.



Let them know

they're being watched.



Don't be subtle.



A good, stiffwarning.



Nothing actionable.



And, of course, the press is not to

hear a whisper ofthis.



Totally confidential.



I'll expect a progress report

by... next Thursday.



Happy hunting.



I ought to put a muzzle on you.






Okay, you're offjury prep.

You're on this.



Don't worry about overtime

or expenses.



I really appreciate

your confidence, Grace.






Peters is still in Grand Rapids

chasing the trust fund kid...



and Kelly's stuck in court

for the next two weeks.



What I want to know is,

can I trust you?.



I always picturedyou in some smokyhole

in the wall, hunched overyour computer...



spewing your bile at the military

industrial complex.



Yeah, well,

it is a hole in the wall...



but I'm surrounded by a bunch

of anti-tobacco fascists.



I thinkwe call 'em

pro-oxygen these days.



A bunch ofvegans

and computer nerds.



Half of'em don't know dick.



But they at least don't buy

the official story.



You're some kind of

investigator now, aren'tyou?.



Yeah. Some kind.



Maybeyou can do a little snooping

for me for the Web site.



- What's it pay?.

- What doyou think?.



- Bupkes.

- Yeah.



I don't really do politics anymore.



Debbie always said it was bad

for my mental health.



Nothing I can do

about it anyway.






I'd like to run some names byyou.




Neo-fascist radio crackpot.



I've listened to Mr. Castleton.



Very big with the crowd that thinks

our form of capital punishment...



isn't painful enough.



Casey Lyle.



He was a big cheese in one of

the health and safety agencies...



couple ofadministrations back.



- Unstable personality?.

- What, compared toyou?.



- Thanks.

- Speaking of unstable personalities-



Madeleine Pilager.



Nympho nutcase sister.



What is this you're working on?.



Something that if one detail ofit

ends up here on Kill-The-Rich. com...



I get fired.



You're no fun anymore.



YourWeb site- foryou,

this is a natural progression.



You neverwanted to be

a mainstream news guy.



- Neither did you.

- Of course I did.



Ifyou hadn't talked me into pushing that

fucking kickback story on Jerry Skaggs-



We were set up.



You could have triple-checked

the information.



You're working for them now,




- Them?.

- Them that run the whole deal.






what doyou know

about the Pilager family?.



Jeremiah Pilager,

who comes here in     ...



sells dry goods at cutthroat prices

to the pickers and panners.



He accepts a land deed as payment

from one poor sourdough...



which becomes

the Pilager Seam.



So the lone wolf prospector legend?.



It's a crock. Boomtown money,

big mansions, extravagant lifestyles.



But when the silver bubble

bursts in     ...



Pilager's already diversified,

and he comes out richer than ever.



These days, the family fortune

has switched from mines to...



cow pies.



More than you can possibly imagine.



If someone doesn't dispose of

this stufffrom time to time...



the stockwould be

up to its sirloin in shit.



- The family business.

- The flagship, so to speak.



The real money comes from

their association with this gentleman.



You know the nameWes Benteen?.



As in Benteen Ranch?.



Benteen Realty,

Benteen Medical Associates...



Gold Mine Communications,




which produces the poo-poo

the Pilagers clean up...



Bentel Stadium.



So he's the Bentel Corporation.



- Founder and CEO.

- Big money guy.



- Mega.

- And a real piece ofwork.



During the Iran-Contra thing, he sent

Oliver North's boys a set of cargo planes.



He used blacks and Chicanos

to bust the unions in slaughterhouses...



and then he fired half ofthem

and brought in migrants without papers.



He's never once been hit on

by the Immigration Service.



And he and the senator?.



When Richard, the son,

who is fondly referred to...



by his frat mates as "Dim Dickie"...



sinks his inheritance into Silver City,

a ghost town with an abandoned mine...



which turns out to be abandoned

for a good reason...



guess who bails him out by paying six

million dollars over its original value.



Wes Benteen.

A personal favor.



One contributor putting up

over halfthe money for a senate run.



- Looks kind offishy.

- Unless it comes from within the family.



So, Dickie Pilager.



Not a public official yet.



Serves as a front to Benteen,

bankrolling his father's campaign.



Benteen is in real estate.

He's in cattle.



He's in publishing, media, mining...



utilities, waste disposal.



How much federal regulation

doyou thinkthat entails?.



When Benteen wanted to end

health and safety inspections...



at his meat processing plant,

SenatorJud led the charge.



So he wants his own man in the governor's

mansion, someone corruptible.



There is not a corrupt bone in Dickie

Pilager's body. He's just- What?.



He's user-friendly.



Wes Benteen, Chuck Raven just saywhatever

they thinkwill get them what theywant.



Dickie Pilager is a true believer.



These are the guys

you're working for, pal.



I wasn't even born when most ofthis

happened, and it still pisses me off.



It's not like I'm helping them

get elected or anything.



You're just trying to pay

the rent like everybody else, right?.



- Any dirtyou can spare though.

- Come on, Mitch.



I've got... professional ethics.






Seen Nora lately?.






No. I see her byline.



I hear she's engaged

to some guy.






With the amount offederal money

coming to the state decreasing-



I'm not raising taxes.



What about the shortfall

in social programs?.



I repeat, I'm not raising taxes.



We can't just keep throwing the taxpayer's

hard-earned money at these perceived-



some ofthem, I admit, are real-

so-called social problems.



We have to get

our priorities straight.



Education is a priority.

Health care is a priority.



Our economy is a priority.



The environmental-



The whole environmental,

uh, arena-



that's a priority, big priority.



Building new roads

and maintaining the present-



keeping the infrastructure in place,

where it belongs- that's a priority.



What isn't a priority, sir?.



- What's not a priority?.

- Yeah.



Is those matters

which are less of a-



not that they're not

important, but-



Ifyou're gonna have

a front burner...



which is whereyou want

your priorities-



It's like cooking. There needs to be

something sitting on the back one.



That's whereyour

other organizations-



your church people

and your organizations...



formed to help these things...



will be happy to pitch in if only

government would get out oftheirway.



No, no. Press conference

is at  :   people.



It's no fair trying to kidnap the

candidate when we're late for a meeting.



One more question, sir.



- Where wereyou?.

- Gridlock.



Don't ever letyourself get caught

out in the open like that again.



Who's that chick in the red?.

She's on me again.



- The newswoman?.

- Yeah, whatever.



That's Nora Allardyce.

She writes for the Defender.



She was on my DWI's.

All that stufffrom    years ago.



Give it a rest.



She'll back off.



I got something in the works.










that I love so much...



are part ofournational heritage.



They're something we must keep safe

for future generations.






We have to stimulate the economy.



We have to encourage investment...



to get America working again.



Richard Pilager cares

about the elderly.



Our senior citizens are the ones-



There used to be a couch here.



" D-Day. "



"Cal I movers. "



She's been planning this

for fucking weeks.



"Sorry, but I had to do this.



Don't try to find me.



I'll call you

when you calm down. "



Modern life challenges

the nuclearfamily.



I want to nurture that family...



to protect andpromote

those traditional values...



which are the backbone

ofour American-



I'm extremely cal m.



Paid for by Citizens

for Responsible Government.



So, official ly, you're not here.



- Yeah, the candidate-

- I got the message from his people.



This guy's seriously dead.



Smells of- What?.



- Apricots.

- Yeah.



CBI sent a pathologist out,

took some tissue samples.



"Cause of death:



Deceased suffered multiple fractures

including trauma to the skull...



crushed rib cage and damage to

internal organs consistent with a fall. "



- Fall from what?.

- That's manner of death.



I left that blank so far.



Pathologist faxed me this.



- "A residue of cyanide-

- He was poisoned too?.



was present on hair and skin...



but none was present

in lungs, stomach or liver"



Like he'd been dipped

in the stuff. What else?.



- "Chlorine in the lungs"

- Like from a swimming pool, chlorine?.



Your guess is as good as mine. I'm just

a county coronerwith a law degree.



Any idea who he is?. Was.



Hispanic male,

late   s, early   s.



- He's dark, but how doyou get Hispanic?.

- Check out the dental work.



See, that kind of gold,

we're talking Mexico, maybe Guatemala.



Probably a manual laborer.



There's heavy callousing

on the hands.



Here's where the fish hook

snagged him.



Any I D on his clothes?.



Bought his shoes at Wal-Mart.



Other than that,

he's just anotherJuan Doe.



This is his only

distinguishing feature.



Can I take a photograph ofthat?.



Have one of mine.






You're the oneworking

forthe Pilagers.



I'm not here officially.



I'm supposed to keepyou

in the loop on this.



Danny O'Brien.



You used towrite

for the Mountain Monitor.



When it existed, yeah.



- And you are?.

- Timberline County SheriffJoe Skaggs.



I used to know a Jerry Skaggs.



- My brother.

- How's he doing?.



He died a year ago

of colon cancer.



- I'm sorry to hear that.

- No, you're not.



This should be totally routine...



so don't go making it complicated.



I wouldn't think ofit.

You know who he is?.



CBI has nothing on his fingerprints.



The falls we get...



it's usually one of our many

climbing enthusiasts up from Boulder.



Theywander offthe trail

to admire theview, you know.



Haveyou checked

the stomach for granola?.






He's got that...




look to him.



We find a lot ofthose boys

out in the bush.



We never do get an I D.



Ifyou do stumble on anything

that pertains to this case...



what's the first call

you're gonna make?.



Timberline Sheriffs Department.



Ifanything goes public

before I know about it...



I'm coming afteryour ass.



Seeyou, Henry.



I don't think he likes you.



Russell, I can senseyourfrustration.

But what'syourpoint?



Okay, we go run their dictators

out ofthe country...



and suddenly it's our responsibility

to pay for reconstruction?



Ifl have Terminix come over

to get rid ofsome vermin...



they hand me the bill,

not the other way around.



I'm with you

a hundred percent, my friend.



It's the price ofdemocracy, and it's

only fair they're the ones to pay it.



Listen, we 're out oftime,

but I appreciate allyour calls today...



especial ly that wi ng nut

from Boulder.



Eat some red meat, buddy. Your brain needs

the protein. This is Cliff Castleton.



You've been listening

to The Hot Seat on KQRY...



the free voice...

ofthe American Rockies.



- Mr. Castleton.

- Talk to me.



Danny O'Brien. I'm here sort of

on behalf ofthe Pilager campaign.



Dickie didn't send you over.

His little pit bull did.



- Thatwould be?.

- Chuck Raven.



You know Mr. Raven.



Chucky and I go back

to campus politics.



You know the American Students' League?.



The information tables

at the airport?.



Something about

nuking Jane Fonda.



God, we miss her.



Soyou and Mr. Raven

were college buddies?.



I was in line to be national president

ofthe ASL.



The right wing answer

to Abbie Hoffman.



There was going to be

an orderly succession...



strict adherence to

parliamentary procedures...



when we start hearing about credential

challenges at the regional chapters.



- And behind this is?.

- Chuck Raven.



Mr. IfYou Can't Win The Game,

Just Change The Rules.



We come to the convention, we've got two

sets of delegates fighting over the seats.



Bedlam. We have to kick it up

to the party for a ruling.



Totally humiliating. This is when

the Democrats were riding high.



So we become this embarrassment.



- And who's the man to make the decision?.

- I have no-



- Judson Pilager.

- The senator.



Who Chuck Raven has been carefully

cultivating, knowing this would come up.



He wrote his damn thesis on the senator,

went to picnics with the family.



I'm not only screwed

in the election.



From that moment on,

I'm persona non grata with the party.



Soyou tell Chuckywhatever he wants,

he can go fuck himself.



You're being watched.






He wants you to know

you're being watched.



There's a perception that

you might have it in for the candidate.



There's more than a perception.



I let the little snot have it with

both barrels at least once a broadcast.



They think they can get me to

back down by investigating me?.



He's wishy-washy on right to life.



He's got no plans for dealing with this

alien invasion we're in the midst of.



You go to Pueblo, English is

the second language, ifnot the third.



He's a draft dodger and a mama's boy

and a dimwit.



Ifhewasn't running against a known

communist, I'd run him out ofthe state.



What I'm saying is...



ifyou were to do anything

illegal to embarrass the candidate-



Ifl were to pasteyou one in the mouth

right now, would that be illegal?.



I don't think that'll be necessary.



You come into my studio

with threats and intimidation.



- Thankyou foryourtime.

- Tell Chuck Raven I'm not afraid ofhim!



I'll conveyyour sentiments.

Best luckwith your show.



Hewants a piece ofme,

he knows where to find me!



Little prickwouldn't last

   seconds on the airwith me!



I want them dead in thewater!



Listen to me.

If, when we are finished here...



ifhe can still show his face

in the state ofColorado...



we will have failed our mission!









Just do it.






So how did it go with our friends

from Cherry Hills?.



I think they get it. They can finance

the attack campaign-



Public information outreach.



As long as it's limited to phone calls

and print material...



financed directly through

the educational committee they set up.



And we provide them with-



Advise them.



Advise them on which agency to hire on

the content ofthe print material...



and the text

for the phone messages.



We give them voter lists,

home and work numbers-



Stephanie, getJim Wilkinson

at The Defender...



and when my call from Washington

comes through, get it to me right away.



When will these ads get here?.



- Where the hell is he?.

- He's in with his spiritual advisor.



Oh,Jesus Christ!



He may be in there too.



We're talking about murder.



The murder ofinnocents.



There's a limit towhat

I can do on this, Billy.



It's the kind ofissue that attracts

a lot ofpeople to the polls...



whowouldn't ordinarilyvote.



Ifyou were to take

leadership on the issue...



throw the full force of

your office behind it-



Ifyou can get it on a referendum.



I honestly don't think

it would pass...



not in the secular climate

we live in.



But when Moses found

the children oflsrael...



prostrate before the golden calf,

did he call for a referendum?.



No, he did not.



Excuse me, Reverend Tubbs.



- We need him.

- We're discussing the children oflsrael.



We must obey

the    th Commandment:



"Thou shalt not keep

the press waiting"



With a planned community,

you knowwhatyou're getting.



People own their houses,

they own shares in the amenities...



but the corporation

calls the shots.



This whole section here

will be assisted living.



The lake is a nice attraction.



The lake is the key.



Halfthese people,

they don't fish, they don't boat...



they can't climb a flight ofstairs,

much less a mountain...



but knowing it's there

just around the bend-



- Live in the Rockies.

- We're selling a dream.



Now, of course,

a few regulations need to be-



The Development Association

would be happy-



Which I pay into.



The association has to concentrate

on some general legislation right now.



Any individual cases would be-



- You talk to Chuck Raven.

- On a daily basis, yeah.



After all, he's the brains

behind our future governor.



You need examples,

specific instances...



foryour general

legislation, right?.



Silver Citywould be

a perfect model.



That wouldn't be fair to

the other members ofthe association.



Showing favoritism would

compromise my position.



But ifyou were to retain my services...



as a lobbyist on an individual case...



there's no reason I couldn't honestly

serve both clients equally...



during my talks with

the future governor and his staff.






So much of my cash is tied up with

the acquisition ofthe land.



I could probablywork

on a commission basis.



You mean, like,

a piece ofthe action?.



Mort, the regulatory legislation

that the governor is going to bat for?.



I'm writing it.



What, doyou think the association

pays me to suck up to these people?.



We're only that far from qualifying for

an economic initiative subsidy.



Timberline County

is on the ropes.



And ifthe State was to relax

the soil standards just a fraction-



There's no reason we couldn't...



raise the river and lower the bridge

at the same time.



How big a piece ofthe action

would this be?.



In the case of capital offenses...



I am absolutely in favor

ofthe death penalty.



You hear stories

about frontierjustice.



You can bet that the wrongdoers...



the folks who couldn't

play by the rules...



they had some respect

for that.



And there was no-



Taxpayers didn't pay any-



Ifthey had had

taxpayers back then-



Those were the good old days,

I suppose.



All you needed

was a good, strong rope...



and a tree to hang it from.



So you support mandatory sentencing?.



My message to the criminals is this:



you straighten up or get out.



There's no place foryou

in our state.



You do the crime and, by God...



you're gonna have to

faceyour lumps.



But the majority ofthose serving time

for drug possession are-



You want to change a behavior?.



Stiffen the consequences.



There have been reports, Mr. Pilager...



that before you entered politics,

you had considerable experience-



Look, ifyou're up

in a helicopter, airplane...



you know,

something that flies...



you don't wantyour pilot

intoxicated with drugs, doyou?.



It's that way

with our schoolchildren.



Junior can't read

ifhe's high on crack.



Yeah, the air is

thin enough up here. Yes.



The question

you have to askyourselfis...



doyou wantyour county to be

thought ofas one big Superfund site?.



We've got Carbonville.



Or one big migrant labor camp?.

No offense intended.



Or doyou want Silver City...



emerging like a shining phoenix

from the ashes?.



The land.



Bentel Corporation

had no further use for it.



And, of course, it's been classified

as a degraded habitat.






Meaning the environmental folks

won't be breathing down our necks...



once we get

this project rolling.



But the soil is still full of

heavy metals. Ifyou dig a well-



We're not digging anywells.

We've got some folks downstate...



I'm pretty surewill be happy

to sell us theirwater rights.



Whywould they do that?.



Let's sayyou growyour crop

out on an arid plain.



Gotta irrigate the hell

out ofthe land.



Gotta rely on federal price supports.



Now, you pull that price support

out ofthe equation...



well, there's a bunch offarmers who'd

be thrilled to cash in their chips...



for a healthy,

onetime water settlement.



- How doyou know that's gonna happen?.

- The price support is a line item...



pushed into the federal budget

everyyear by our senator,Jud Pilager.



He told you that-



Chuck. Hot on the campaign trail.



- How's it going?.

- Good, good.



- You know our man here?.

- Governor.



Don't jump the gun.



You're    up in the polls.



Hey, I'd like to introduceyou...



to some ofyour supporters

out in the trenches.



This is the Timberline

County Commission.



Please, don't stand up.



This is Phil, Ellie,

Freddy Mondragón.



It's such a pleasure.



Hey, where's your electric train?.



This is Silver City.






I owned a patch ofland

out where that used to be.



Pretty near lost my sh-



Mort is spearheading

the development...



of some ofthe property

in that part ofthe state.



Nice to see private sector

taking a little initiative.



- Thankyou.

- Right.



You folks in Timberline could use

a shot in the arm, and he-






Mort is the fella

that could do it foryou.



- Have a nice lunch.

- Thankyou. You too.



Terrific guy, Dickie.

He'll make a hell ofa governor.



Still writing in restaurants?.



Hi. Sorry.



So this is where

all the politicians hang out.



And the humble reporters

who cover them.



How's... Debbie?.



She moved out...

from where she was living, with me.



- Oh. Sorry.

- Took the furniture.



I should have been suspicious when

she bought all those boxes from Staples.



- Soyou were having problems.

- Apparently.



We weren't-



Maybe she wanted

somebody more predictable.



You're totally predictable, Danny.



You get involved in something positive,

then find a way to fuck it up.



And you're-



I'm... fine.



Fine. They have me assigned

to the governor's race, so-



- Listen, there's a work thing.

- Areyou still a private eye?.



- Investigator, yeah.

- Yeah.



Your friend who worked in health care

with the migrants?.



- Rebecca Zeller.

- Zeller. Right.



- She still in town?.

- In the phone book.



- Sorry I'm late.

- Hey.



Just greasing the rustywheels

of government. Hi.



Chan, this is Danny, who I told you

about. Danny, ChandlerTyson.



- Danny- Ex-boyfriend from hell Danny?.

- Yes!






I knowyou.



Really?. I don't think so.



Yeah, on TV.



That was a while ago.

The public statements I was making...



on behalf ofthe industry.



- You're a tobacco lobbyist.

- One of our clients, yes.



You said there was no scientific

evidence that smoking can cause cancer.



I see myself as sort of a champion

ofthe underdog.



Every point ofview,

no matter how politically incorrect...



deserves an advocate

in the court of public opinion.



I heard thatyou were with somebody new,

but, hey, a champion ofthe underdog.



- Great.

- It was nice to seeyou, Danny.



- Yeah. Right.

- Rebecca Zeller.






Keep up the good fight.






Of course, getting dentists to see

Medicaid patients was never any picnic.



And then the migrants...



they'd rather chew aspirin

for the rest oftheir lives...



than risk getting

the I NS involved.



- Who hires undocumented workers then?.

- Who doesn't?.



Nice, cheap laborwho can't complain

to the authorities...



ifthey're ripped off or mistreated.



Just continue around straight,

Mr. Scarpa. That's it.



Doyou have a list of employers?.



Six months old.



A lot ofthese characters, these little

construction outfits and whatnot...



they move around.



It's a place for me to start.



You really blew it,

you know?.



- With Nora.

- Tell me about it.



She was devastated after she left you.



She seems pretty happy

with this Chandler guy.



- Mercenary little prick.

- You've met him.



I'm working for- this is

strictly confidential, by the way-



a close friend

ofyour employer.



The Pilager family?.



Look, I onlywant to know

if any ofyourworkers are missing.



What, these guys?. They're all missing.

They don't exist, right?.












Look, this is a prep crew.

The foundation, the frame and the roof.



I don't get into citizens

until the plumbing and wiring go in.



- This is standard practice?.

- Ifyou want to stay competitive, it is.



Look, I'm a subcontractor.



Bentel hires someone,

who hires me...



and I hire a guy to go out and find these

"trabajeros" on a job-to-job basis.



I ask him no questions.



If somebody doesn't

show up forwork?.



My labor contractor makes sure

there's somebody ready to take his place.



I don't know the language.

I don't even learn their names.



It's like, "Yo, amigo,"

and you show 'em whatyou want.



The Immigration?.



You know, the funny thing,

working for Bentel...



we don't seem to have

too much trouble from them.






- Corona.

- It's conoce.



You don't say "sabe" when you're

asking about a person.






It's not "el mano"?



It's irregular.



Like a gringo coming to this bar

asking questions.









So what's his name,

this tipo you're looking for?.



I don't know.



Tough to find somebody,

you don't know his name.



He has this on... la mano.



There's a reward

for this information?.



- There could be.

- How much?.



$   ...



to whoever can put the name

to this tattoo.



Tony Guerra.



That's the name.



- Who's Tony Guerra?.

- Speaking.



I'll take   s ifyou got 'em.



What doyou want with me?.

I gotta warn you.



I'm a citizen.

I don't have to take no shit.



It's notyou.



- How doyou know that?.

- You're still breathing.



Where'd you get

the tattoo?.



Me and the lavaplatos

from my kitchen...



we went out one night,

I got a little borracho.



- You're a cook?.

- I'm a chef, porfavor.



Up in Vail, with the ski bunnies.



We're talking blue corn polenta

with mango-chipotle salsa...



free-range sage hens

stuffed with chestnuts.



The tattoos.



I saw it on a wall in this place

we went, liked the way it looked.



I asked the dude,

"Lay it on me"



I keep my own records,

you know, ifyou can call it that.



I have them sign

when they come in.



I check their I D

ifthey look underage.



Redeye Stinger.

"Tony Guerra"



- He was pretty drunk, that guy.

- No, not him.



Try earlier.



I only done

one other stinger this year.



Doyou remember anything about him?.

The other one.



Another Mexican. I think.

I get so many bean-eaters in here.



I was probablyjust glad

it wasn't her again.



I could do that tat

with my eyes closed.



So, is this like a cop thing?.



I imagine they'll get

around toyou pretty soon.



There he is. Lázaro Huerta.



And the catererwill be here

very, very early.



I get up with the sun.

How's my-



How's the candidate holding up?.



Give it to me straight.



He doesn't haveyour head for policy.



I'd like to see him plowing his way

through the appropriations bill.



He's never been

much ofa reader.



Well, we break it down and feed it

to him bite-sized.



He's impatient.

He's always been impatient.



He's knuckling down. You have

every reason to be proud ofhim.






He's a fucking disaster

when he's offthe script.



I don't thinkwe have to worry

so much about him straying that far.



I mean, as long as nothing

comes flying in from left field.



And what would that be?.



In Carbonville...



right next to

Everything For A Buck store.



I've looked up    Huertas

in the phone book.



I've called them all.






I seem to be missing

a microwave oven.



Ifanything else comes up, I'll make

sure to get back toyou, Sheriff.






She takes the broom,

leaves the dustpan.



Story of my life.






- Yes, hi, it's-

- Danny?.



Yeah. It was great

to seeyou the other day.



You looked really good, Danny.



Hey, if this is about me

and Chandler-



No, no.

This is business.



I'm doing a little background

on the Pilager family...



and sinceyou're covering the-



I'm actuallygoing to a function

at the senator's house tomorrow...



a thank-you

for their big fund-raisers.



Ifyou promise to be

on your best behavior-



That would be great.

Chandlerwon't mind, will he?.



It's a fund-raising thing.

Whywould he mind?.



Nora, I've been thinking

a lot aboutyou lately.



Even before Debbie left, I-



Danny, stop.



It's too late, all right?.



It's really sweet ofyou,

but we've both moved on, haven't we?.



Yeah. Right.



We're yesterday's news.



Sorry to botheryou at this hour.



Good night.



Good night, Danny.



Richard Pilager cares

about the family.



So, what did you see in him?.



He was intense.



You know, he cared about things.



Oh, my God.

He used to-



He used to write on the walls.



- Like graffiti?.

- In the house.



He'd be working on a story,

and he'd get so wrapped up in it...



that he'd, like,

get a Magic Marker...



and write all the names and important

facts all over the living room wall...



and then he'd try

to connect the dots.



Soyou had to live with it.



The landlord

wasn't thrilled about it...



but Danny always

painted over it.



You know, he thought-



This was when we were still at the

Monitor, when it was still political.



He thought that journalists

should change things...



you know, not just report.



He wanted to be the referee

and not just the scorekeeper.



I guess.



When I was a press liaison

for Fred Loomis...



we had a slogan

on the wall.



It said, "You don't tell us

how to stage the news...



and we won't tell you

how to report it"






Power is a locomotive, babe.



You either hop on board,

or it runs right overyou.



Sounds like he laid down

on the tracks.



See ya.



- Dinner at La Fonda?.

- Yeah.



He was the love of my life.



It rains like the dickens

in these mountains...



butyou won't see any streams

running down them.



So where does the water go?.



Whatyou're looking at

is honeycombed with hundreds...



maybe thousands of mine shafts.



When you stop

pumping the water out...



over time those holes

fill up top to bottom...



till there's nowhere else

for it to go.



A huge pressure builds up

looking for an outlet.



In     ...



four miners broke a pick hole...



in a wall to an adjacent area...



that hadn't been worked

in    years.



Water exploded

out ofthat wall...



drove those four fellas

and their equipment...



back through the shaft they'd dug,

out into the main tunnel...



that Newhouse had built

to service the mine...



blasted through an opening...



and blew the water clear across

the river to the other side.



For three days, water blasted out

ofthat mountain-



timber, tracks, loose rocks,

half-ton ore cars...



flying through the air

like theywere toys.



You know, we think

we can wound this planet.



We thinkwe can cut costs

and stick the money in our pockets...



and just walk awaywith it.



But someday the bill comes due.



This oreyou're looking at...



assays out at about

an ounce and a halfa ton...



which can be

worth yourwhile...



depending on how much it costs you

to get it out ofthe ground.



You gotta knock it down

with dynamite...



throw it on one

ofthose carts up there...



and then upstairs,

run it through all the crushers...



and chemicals separate out

the valuable stufffrom the tailings.



Yeah. Now, ifyou want to move up ahead

to under that stope...



and look offto the left...



you'll see what every miner

was hoping for-



a vein of almost pure

yellow stuff.



You can all fit in.

I'll join you in a minute.



Soyou were a miner?.



Mining engineer...



until I went to work for the feds.



Got interested

in how to do the job...



better and safer.



That was under Carter.

He put some teeth in the rules.



What's your beef

with Dickie Pilager?.



You're not here just for the tour,

are you?.



I have to inform you

you're being watched.



Is that so?.



There was an incident

on the campaign trail the other day...



and your name came up

as a potential-



- Perpetrator?.

- Something like that.



It's the old man

whose guts I hate.



- The senator.

- Him and his pal Benteen.



Take a good look, Dickie.



What doyou see?.






I see a big sign that says,

"No Americans allowed"



You do?.



You look at a map, they got

halfthe West under lock and key.






Bureau of Land Management,

Forest Service...



national parks,

the State.



Right. Right.



It's like a treasure chest

waiting to be opened...



only there's a    -pound bureaucrat

sitting on it.



I'm a small government man.



That's whywe choseyou, son.



Of course, the people-



The people gotta be grabbed by the horns

and dragged to what's good for 'em.



The people.

You remember the shale oil?.



Over in Parachute.



The big oil companies say

theywere gonna squeeze oil out of rock.



The people come flocking

like a damn herd ofsheep.



Thought theywere all

gonna get rich quick...



like with every other mineral strike

in the history ofthis state.



But who's left holding the shiny stuff

after all the dust clears?.






- The folks that see the big picture.

- Right.



That's me and you, son.



We're looking at it right now,

all around us.






Couple ofweeks,

I'm gonna have to call you Governor.



You know what the big picture is,

don'tyou, Dickie?.









The land was meant

for the citizens...



not them damn pencil pushers

in Washington.



Like this Silver City deal?.



Just a pile of mine debris

I'm trying to unload.



Son, we got resources here

you wouldn't believe.



Untapped resources.



You and your dad are the point men in

the fight to liberate those resources...



for the American people.



Aspen, Vail.



That ain't shit compared

to what I could build...



ifthey opened this up

to somebodywith some ideas...



with some know-how.



I understand.



And the people won't get it done...



not by a long sight.



They get distracted worrying about

some postcard idea ofthe Rockies...



some black-footed ferret

or endangered tumbleweed.



But if a man ofvision

were to come along-



I can see it.



How's that saddle feeling?.



It's coming along.



We'll make a cowboy

out ofyou yet.



We'ddoneso well with that one...



I took on the second biggest

hazard in the state-



the Silver City

mining operation.



Owned by Dickie Pilager.



He owned the land, but Benteen was

leasing the mineral rights.



They go hand in glove,

you know-



the Benteens

and the Pilagers.



- Theywere still digging.

- They had acres and acres oftailings...



piled up from

the Silver City glory days.



Looked like a pile oftrash rock...



but ifyou could process it

on a large enough scale-



I'm talking about bulldozers

the size ofbattleships-



you could make a fortune.



Providing jobs for

the economically depressed.



A few, sure.



But then we started getting

nasty pH readings...



from the watershed

all around them.



Started getting

fish die-off...



heavy metal residue.



The company said it was from the old mine

shafts in these mountains around them.



There was nothing

they could do about it.



Not true?.



Theywere concentrating the gold

in these huge leach piles...



and then dumping

cyanide solution on them.



- They used cyanide?.

- Sodium cyanide.



It's a lixiviate.



Basic chemistry.



Smells like apricots

for miles around.



I had an informant inside.



Or I thought I did.



Esparza- thatwas his name.



Vincent Esparza.



He told me theywere pushing

all the contaminants to one side.



No treatment,

no containment.



Just leaving it out there

forthe elements.



And thatwas what's getting

into ourwater system.



He even helped me plan

my surprise inspection.



But when I got there...



nothing but a bunch

of empty pits...



and a workforce

with their lips buttoned.



I felt like an idiot.



I'd brought the press,




And your inside man, Esparza?.



Gone with the wind. They said

he'd been fired months earlier.



You got sandbagged.



Benteen, he doesn't take any prisoners.



He had his friend,

Senator Pilager...



appoint a new man

at the top...



whose only mission was

to castrate the agency.



And who doyou think

got fired first?.



Then they started allegations

of misuse offunds.



There were even public hints

about a drinking problem.



And when I tried to go back to work

as a mining engineer...



I found out soon enough I was

all but unhireable in the industry.






And then I figured, well...



since they accused me of

having a drinking problem...



I just might as well develop one.



And even with all that,

you still wouldn't-



They don't have to worry about me,

the Pilagers.



I know when I'm licked.



Ifthere's one thing I know

all ofyou good folks have in common...



it's that you know a good investment

when you see one.



A big part of our agenda

is up and rolling on a federal level...



but it's high time we had somebody

running this state...



who's a hundred percent

behind the program.



Hear! Hear!



This has required a great commitment

oftime and finances...



from each and every

one ofyou.



And despite the attack

on our rights by Proposition   ...



you folks went out and you shook

the money tree like never before.



So I'm here to present

our next governor...



a young man who-



well, who's almost

as good-looking as his father.



Richard Pilager!



I know none ofyou came here

to listen to another speech.



But I'd just like to say

how much I appreciate...



your support in this... effort

we've got going...



to bring sober, responsive government

back to this great state.



And you might as well

pledge some money...



to my daddy's next campaign

whileyou're here.






So, Mr. Benteen.



How's it look for

the Prospectors this year?.



- You a fan?.

- Sure.






They're fun to watch.



More fun when theywin

than when they lose.



- Sure.

- Nothing to be ashamed of.



It's basic human behavior.



You can always pull

for the underdog.



Americans don't have the patience

for underdogs they used to.



They don't?.



A coach goes three seasons

without a ring, he's out on his ass...



as he should be.



Hendrickson has been off

for how long now?.



Hendrickson isn't coming back.



People want to back a winner.



They need to feel a part

of something bigger than they are.



They used to advertise

the quality of a product-



tastes great,

whitens your teeth...



shaves close,

rides like a dream.



Now what do they push?.



America's number one soft drink.



Best-selling mid-sized utilityvehicle.



It isn't "buy the product"

It's "join the club"



You make people feel part ofa winner,

they'll followyou anywhere.



You a winner, son?.



I like to think so.



Good boy.



You know, Dickie is not really

a fine print kind of guy.



He's more intuitive.



My people have whittled the regs down

pretty much to where we want them to be.



It's fairly simple stuff.



"Environmental Heritage Initiative"



Yeah, we thought it sounded better than

"Developers' Bill Of Rights"



You breathe the word "deregulation,"

certain parties get a little uppity.



- What is he doing here?.

- You know him?.



His agency is looking into

something for us.



Really?. Good luck.



What does that mean?.



He used to be a reporter.




Till he screwed the pooch

and bankrupted his paper.



Grace Seymour hired him

on the rebound.



And when was all this?.



I'm surprised you could find me.

You must be some kind of detective.



So this Lázaro could have

worked in a kitchen?.



They bus them up

from Carbonville every day.



Resort towns run

on frijole power, man.



The richer the Anglos are...



the more of mis hermanos delsur

they got working for 'em.



- Your restaurant caters too?.

- I'm moonlighting, man.



They're doing a big renovation.

I got two weeks off starting tomorrow.



I figured I go up to Black Hawk...



hit the casinos before my ex-wife gets

ahold of my paycheck.



How would you like

to work for me?.



You know who most

ofthe labor contractors are.



What's it pay?.



Whateveryou make a day

at the restaurant, plus   .



- Private eye, huh?.

- Looks good on the resumé.



I'm thinking

about the chicks, man.



In the movies, those cabrones

make out like crazy.



You speak the language.

You know how to get around.



So what happened to this Lázaro Huerta

that he's not breathing no more?.



Multiple fractures, busted skull,

punctured lung.



Still want the job?.




Why did she dumpyou?.



- Debbie?.

- Yeah.



Maybe she figured out I was always gonna

treat her like the consolation prize.



I mean, afteryou,

I kind of retired, emotionally.



We were- I don't know.






We had our issues.



She seemed way too structured

for someone likeyou.



Why did you dump me?.



You were so down on yourself...



so convinced

thatyou were a loser...



that I started

to agree with you.



- I was a loser.

- You lost a job.



You were moving up,

and I was moving down.



And I didn't quit the paperwhen

you were fired. That wasn't loyal.



- I deserved to be fired.

- You were set up.



And I was ambitious.



So, areyou marrying this guy?.



Seems like the mature thing

to do, yeah.



- That sounds exciting.

- Come on, Danny.



It's not earth-shaking

between us, but-



Romance is for kids.



We like to ski.

We like to travel.



He's a corporate mouthpiece.



And I'm a part of

the entertainment business.



What else doyou think

is out there?.



Look, I hopeyou're happywith it.



No, you don't.



Come on up. There's somebody here

I'd likeyou to meet.



- Stay in touch. Okay?.

- Yeah.



I've never been so close before.



I know how much

this means toyou.



The county commission

went offwalking on air...



when Chuck Raven

brought Dickie Pilager to the table.



That was a nice thing for him to do.



Nice?. I'm paying ChandlerTyson

a fortune for that kind ofaccess.



- A fortune?.

- A slice ofthe pie.



But theywere starstruck, Gracie.



The zoning's in the bag.



These people

will bend over backwards.



You have worked so hard.



Ifwe were

a little bit more liquid...



I'd sink every dimewe have

into this thing.



Likeyou did that time

with the stock market?.



Hell, it's more than the money.



I'm building a city, Grace.



A city.



We run something on theWeb site-



information we've got-

we connect the dots...



and the guilty party,

they pretend to ignore it.



Ifthey sue us, certain documents

could be entered in a court oflaw...



where ifyou deny things

it's perjury.



You gotta have the documents.



It's amazing what things are blowing

under my door and end up on my desk.



So, you plant the seed.



And the mainstream guys,

the print journalists...



they bring it to their editors

and their editors say...



"Cool yourjets. This is too far out.

We don't have the resources.



We don't have the balls

to go after this kind ofthing.



But track the story...



and ifit ever breaks-"



You gotta have the balls.



So we keep accumulating the facts...



till the story is screaming out

so loud it's impossible to ignore.



And they run a little test item

on page six...



saying allegations

have been made.






It's beneath their dignity

to quote some cellar-dwellerWeb site...



in their hallowed journal.



But the bastards in power have to

publicly deny those allegations...



and then they're fair game.



First it's the columnists

taking potshots.



Then when they've got

the politicians on the run...



they use our legwork, our ideas to write

outraged exposés and win Pulitzers.



Then they gang up

like a pack ofjackals.



But somebody has to plant the seed.



The seed of doubt.



He seems a lot more gubernatorial

with the sound off.



Fora dayis coming, myfriends...



a great dayanda terrible day...



a day when the skies shall open

and the waters shall part...



and the dead shall rise up

and walk upon the Earth.



And the wicked and the righteous

shall be judged alike.



But that day cannot come...



unless the children oflsrael

are within the holy land...



for so it has been prophesied

in the great Book ofRevelations.



So let us look at

a map ofthe Middle East.



Let us look at

the headlines oftoday...



and see what conclusions

we can draw from the evidence.



Many are the portents

and the signs.



But we need

to discern a pattern.



We need to connect

one event with the other...



and it will be clear

that there are no accidents...



that there is

a greater force at work...



and it holds the plan

for Armageddon.



Richard Pilager cares

about the American worker.



You work with the same bunch

al I the ti me?.



Yeah, more or less. As far as I know,

they're all citizens.



I wasn't asking that.



Mojados are a bit cheaper,

but they're not worth the hassle.



Need some hard huevos

to keep 'em in line.



Not that I got

anything against 'em.



I wouldn't go that far.



Butyou should check into

the packing houses across town.



They got a lot of'em

in there making chorizo.



Any ofyour own guys been missing

the last few days?.



You're looking for

this Lázaro, right?.



Cops were here this morning

asking the same thing.



- I'm not a cop.

- No shit.



But it's like I told him.

I got no Lázaros here.



Who brings 'em up...



here in Timberline County?.



- You heard ofVince Esparza?.

- Yeah, I've heard the name.



He's the Saddam-fucking-Hussein

oflabor contractors.



They pay the coyote half up front

to get them across the border...



and when they're delivered here

they owe Esparza the rest.



- So they start in the hole.

- And they stay in it.



He keeps them

moving around the country...



keeps them isolated,

keeps them scared.



Where can I find him?.



You do not want to fuckwith

Vicente Esparza, my friend.



I hired a few ofhis boys

without knowing it once.



They'd run off or try to

make theirway back home.



Next thing I know,

I got a shotgun stuck in my face.



What's up?.



Daniel O'Brien.

I called earlier.



She's back in the rink.



- Just keep heading straight through.

- Thanks.



I wanna play that last one back.



Nice shot.



It bit.



Training forthe Olympics?.



Actually, I am.



The only sport

I'm not already too old for.



No, thanks.



Helps me with the Zen aspect

ofthe thing.



Eventually the arrow should become one

with the bull's-eye and release itself.



Then I'll just be like a channel.



- So, you from Home and Garden orwhat?.

- I'm working for Chuck Raven.



Go on.



You're, like, really accurate

with that, right?.



It depends on

how much dope I've smoked.



- How much haveyou smoked?.

- I've lost track.



There was an incident

on the campaign trail...



that was potentially embarrassing

toyour brother.



What, he made a speech

without a teleprompter?.



There was a dead body involved.



Anyone I know?.



Lázaro Huerta?.



Can't place him.



Maybe just another skeleton

out of Daddy's closet.



You sure you don't want a hit?.



- You look a little tense.

- No. It makes me paranoid.



Like someone's gotyou

in their crosshairs?.



Yeah. Something like that.



How about a drink then?.

A bottle oftequila byyour left leg.



You're not gonna, like, shoot it

out of my hand or anything?.






Soyou're some kind of

a campaign lackey?.



- Investigator.

- Am I being investigated?.



Mr. Raven thinks you may be

harboring a grudge.



Mywhole life is a fucking grudge.






You go to some kind

of school for that?.



No, I was working as a reporter.



- I hate reporters.

- Well, I'm not one anymore.



Fifteen years old, I'm pregnant...



the fucking Mountain Monitor

outs me.



"Senator's Daughter

In College Sex Scandal"



It was before my time.



The whole thing was set up.



Fly to Nevada, nice, quiet operation,

back to school within a week.



- You could still have had a-

- Public abortion?.



With the Christian crusaders

block-voting for my father?.



So he advised you not to.



- I was a hopeful.

- A hopeful?.



Yeah. Olympic hopeful.



Figure skating.



Nine months

carrying DeweyJunior...



another four to recover.



My bodywasn't the same.



Your center of gravity changes...



and you can't do the jumps.



That's what happened

to Tonya Harding, you know.



It wasn't Nancy Kerrigan.

It was her center of gravity.



You mature,

your perception changes...



and you never get it back.



What's your name?.



You're cute.






If I'm being investigated,

I could do worse.



Excuse me.



And who wants to know?.



You gotta be him.



Howyou figure on that?.



It's the shoes, ese. Braceros don't be

wearing their party boots on the job.



Vince Esparza.

Man, you a legend.



People sayyou got crews

working all over the county.



People say a lot of shit

that isn't necessarily true.



I'm looking for a guy

named Lázaro Huerta.



I don't keep track

oftheir names.



I'm not runnin'

a summer camp here.



Would you mind ifl was to askyour

jornaleros a few questions?.



Yeah, I would mind.

They're here to work.



Theywanna blow their nose, scratch their

balls, talk about their girlfriends...



they can do it

on their own time.



This is a job here.

This is private property.



And ifsomeone who is not authorized

to be here was to get hurt...



it'd be my responsibility.



They're hiding something.



My first husband

was a downhill racer.



Won the bronze at Innsbruck.






He ditched me in, what, '  .



My girlfriend just moved out.



You poor baby.



Took my couch.



You can have this one

ifyou want.



She picked it out.

It was both of ours.



She paid for half ofit.




They called him Hot Rod.



Won the bronze?.



He runs a lodge in Aspen

he got as a settlement.



He sued you for alimony?.



Daddy paid him off so he wouldn't

file adultery charges.



Anything to avoid

another public scandal.



You were adultering?.



Yeah. But so was he.



But he was the one who hired some

fucking investigator to take pictures.



We don't do much ofthat

these days- divorce stuff.



- Transom peeping?.

- Nobody has transoms anymore.



Butyou still peep.



Well, mostly it's on,

you know, computer records.



We have ways to access.

We share information, buy lists-



your credit balance, whereyou travel,

what videos you rent.






That's invasion of privacy.



So the skier ditched you.



Then I tried living

in California for a while...



but there was nobody there

to embarrass but myself.



- Soyou are trying to embarrass him.

- It's pointless.



What could I do they haven't seen worse

on some reality show?.



You're a senator's daughter...



sister to the future governor.



They catch one president

getting a BJ in the Oval Office.



The next rigs the election,

gets awaywith it.



People have lost the ability

to be scandalized.



So nowyour ambition is?.



Make sure my son

gets out ofhis   s in one piece.



Represent my country in     .



You're that good at it, huh?.



You know...



the Amazon women

amputated one oftheir breasts.



It got in the way

ofthe bow string.



Give me three

ofthose lottery tickets.



I'm feeling kinda lucky

all ofthe sudden.



Somebody's fucking with me.



These were bad guys.



They owned a whole bunch

oflow-rent housing downtown.



The building boom had started,

and they had a big offer to sell...



but they couldn't

legally evict their tenants.



So theywere doing

strong-arm stuff, intimidating.



- There was even some arson involved.

- The march of progress.



The housing inspectorwho should have

been on top ofthis- Skaggs-



was taking payoffs.



I had these two informants-

very Deep Throat.



Meetings in parking garages,

the whole deal.



And they give me the big lead.



Now, this is criminal activity

that they're exposing.



So I write the story. My editor, Mitch,

he trusts me enough to run with it.



And they're willing

to testify in court?.



They said yeah, ifit came to it.

But I didn't have 'em on tape.



The landlord and the inspector

sue the paper...



one of my sources blows town

and the other flat denies it.



Big retraction,

settlement out of court...



and I'm seriously fired.



Worse, I'm the guy

who fabricates.



From that day on...



the Monitor concentrated on who bakes

the best chocolate chip cookie in Denver.



And I couldn't get a job

delivering a newspaper.



- The editor should've-

- He got fired too.



He runs a- What doyou call it?.

A Web site.



At leastyou did something.



You know?. I've just been taking up space

and emptying out my trust fund.



Hey, you took all these pictures.



That's a hobby.



You raised a kid.



Isn't he gorgeous?.



His father-

His biological father-



Bugged out

ofthe whole deal.



I can't blame him, with the publicity

and what a little tramp I was then.



But DeweyJunior is a-



He's a nice guy, you know.



Despite having me for a mother.



You raised a nice kid.



Maybe that's

whatyou're good at.



One ofthe things

I'm good at.



This is a nation

basedon Christian principles.



What I promise

to work for...



is a government

that respects those principles.



A government that supports

traditional familyvalues...



that respects the sanctity

ofhuman life.



A government strong enough,

brave enough...



to maintain

the cultural equilibrium.



What's "cultural equilibrium" mean?.



No handouts for homos.






- What's up, sugar?.

- Can some ofthe guys stay over tonight?.



They don't have homes?.



They don't have satellite.

There's stuffwe want to watch.



You'll have to sort out

where everybody sleeps.



- I can handle that.

- You sounded really good today.



You should find a club to play in.



- We don't have any of our own material.

- So write some.



Write about what a mess

your mother is, like Eminem does.






- Seeya.

- Seeya.



Closing time at the zoo.

Getyour clothes on.



I haven't slept this well in days.



Yeah, I don't sleep much

unless I pass out.



One nation under God...



with liberty and justice-



Who is this?.






It's Maddy Pilager calling.



- How'dyou get mynumber?

- Never mind, you little creep.



I just fucked your messenger boy.




What's your last name again?.



- Oh, shit.

- Danny O'Shit.



Tell him I'm firing him.



You send anybody else after me, I swear

I'll put an arrow through his neck.



You needhelp, Maddy.

You're a sick person.



I love you too.



He says you should check in

with your office more often.



You were fired this morning.






- You get the boot?.

- I guess so.



Don't take it personally.

She's kinda moody.






So, you're a detective.






- You look for missing people?.

- That can be part ofthe job.



You usually find them?.



Depends on how long

they've been missing.






My father.



Dewey Hamilton.



- Right.

- So, how would I start?.



You know, like ifhe's

moved out ofthe state?.



Sometimes people can-



Sometimes people

don't want to be found.



And ifyou do,

it can be pretty disappointing.



Ifthings are messy,

you gotta face them sooner or later.



- Areyou on the Web?.

- Wired to the eyeballs.



There are a couple ofthings

you can try.



- Glad you could make it.

- You're conscious.



Painkillers, man.



I'm flying.



They said you had an accident?.



It wasn't no accident.



It was him.



I saw the boots.



You know.



The one who sticks

his head in the sand.






Ostrich-skin boots.



Puts his head into the sand 'cause they

don't wanna see when they cut his throat.



It was vehicular homicide, man.



Dude tried to kill me

with my own car.



Paper on the table.



"Fito and Rafi. Carbonville"



They knew our dead man.



They're pretty spooked.



Butyou could try them.



They got maybe three words

of English.



Spooked by?.



The same hijo de la chingada

pushed the car on me.



Vince Esparza.



- Vince.

- Vicente.






I'll give you odds

he had something to do with...



this Lázaro kicking the bucket.






I been tryin' to trackyou down.




my friend Tony Guerra.



Shaving accident?.



You'll make me laugh

and break my ribs again.



I haven't heard a peep out ofyou,

Danny. That wasn't our agreement.



- I'm offthe case.

- Step on your own dick again?.



Used to be this guy

was a reporter...



till his mouth

got way ahead ofhis brains.



There's a lot more to this than

some illegal alien floating in a lake.



- The people who hired me-

- The peoplewho hired you fired you...



which means you're

out ofthe conversation.



- They hired me to pretend-

- That means makeyourself scarce, son.



I need to talk

toyour amigo here, alone.



Later, Tony.



You sleep with a client's sister?.

That is so unprofessional!



That's not why Raven wanted me

offthe case, is it?.



No, but he didn't like it!



He wanted me off'cause I'm getting too

close to something theywanna hush up!



That's the whole point

ofthejob, Danny...



and he doesn't

trustyou to do it!



- I don't have all the pieces, but Lázaro-

- You don't have any pieces!



He knew something, saw something,

and they set him up!



Had him killed.



Chuck Raven had you fired because

he found outyou used to be a reporter.






That doesn't change anything.



He called yesterday morning.



Ifyou would checkyour cell phone

once in a while, you'd know that.



That sheriff,

he's been right on my tail.



I cannot deal with your paranoia.



Take the rest ofthe week off,

come in on Monday...



and we will sit down and discuss

what's left ofyour so-called career.



My expenses so far.



Fill out a voucher.

Hilarywill take care ofyou.



Look, Danny, I'm sure

you were doing a very good job...



aside from

banging Maddy Pilager.



- Hey. She got me stoned.

- Out!






Sign here.



And next time

I want all the receipts.









Here, let me helpyou

with this.



- Thankyou.

- Howwould you like to make $   ?.



They said these two men,

Rafi and Fito...



have gone to the church.



It's not Sunday.



The day ofthe dead.



Tell 'em I came instead ofTony.



They don't trustyou.



Tell them I have their names and that

iftheywant to stay in this country-



You wouldn't do that

to them, would you?.



They don't know that, do they?.



We can go somewhere else to talk.



They sayyou have to come with them

to the ruins, to Silver City.



So, when do we get to this joint?.



This is it.



They buried the cityyears ago.



What now?.



This is where Lázaro died?.



He says Lázaro died where

they take the meat from the bones.



The slaughterhouse.



- BENagra.

- The BENagra slaughterhouse.



Lázaro was a newly arrived.



He was a very shy person.



Very afraid of everything in the north.



But especially afraid ofthe boss.



- And the jefe was?.

- Vicente Esparza.



Vincent Esparza carries a gun?.



We were the cleaning crew.




when theystop the line...



they come in to clean the metal with

scalding hot water mixed with clorina.



There is always so much noise...



andyou can't see from the steam.



They have told Don Vicente

that thejob up above...



cleaning the machine that takes

the skin offthe cows is not safe...



that there has to be more scaffolding

or something to hold onto.



But he says that only little babies

are crying for their mamas...



and he sends whoever

he doesn't like to do it.



This day he sends Lázaro Huerta.



They told Lázaro he shouldn't

shoot the steam full pressure...



when he's turning it on.



There was nobody else i n

that part of the factory...



but these two men

and Vicente, their boss.



He asked them to put the body

in a garbage barrel...



and to clean his blood

with the blood ofthe animals.



At the endofwork, theycarried the body

out to his truck and he drove them here.



He told them he knew this place

from years ago...



when he was hired

to hide some kind ofgarbage.



They felt bad treating a man

they knew- a human being-



like he was garbage too.



They left the body

at the back of the tunnel...



and Vicente told them

that now they are part of a crime...



and if the police finds out

they are going to jail.



Ifhe doesn't kill them first.



Soyou left the body up here?.



They came back three days later

to bury him as a Christian, but-



He wasn't here?.



He was gone.

Maybe it was a miracle.



They left him where there was

water on the floor.



So when they came back

the waterwas this high.



Show me.



Come on.



All right.



Wait for me here.









Help, up there!



Mr. O'Brien!



Areyou there?.



Mr. O'Brien!



Mr. O'Brien, you got all wet!



Look atyou!



- Where are the guys?.

- They took them away.



Took them?.



La Migra come, chase those men

and take them away.



How come they didn't take you?.



Because I carry

my citizen papers always.



Guess I'll have to leave you here, Lupe.



It's okay.



How come you didn't

take the day off?.



I belong to the Iglesia Evangélica.



This?. This is the devil's work.



I'll keep that in mind.



Thanks for everything.



Be careful, Mr. O'Brien.






You again.






I'm sorry about last night.



I get disgusted with myself,

and I take it out on other people.



Don't worry about it.



You been swimming?.



Cave diving.



I'm sorry ifl gotyou in trouble.



The thing I'm investigating,

I got a little in over my head.



- You got fired?.

- Probation.






Doyou thinkyou might

call me sometime?.



Listen, Maddy-



You're scared of me, aren'tyou?.



No. I'm scared ofyour family.



Would you say

those are ostrich skin?.



The guy's boots?.



Yeah. Tony Lamas.



Excuse me.



You got a problem, my friend?.



You're Vicente Esparza.



Come on.

We gotta talk, you and me.



You're the one who's been

stirrin' up all this shit, huh?.



Askin' about tattoos,

botherin' myworkers.



Now I hear the police

are lookin' for me.



I've got nothing againstyou.

It's the people aboveyou-



the ones that had you dump

those barrels into the mine.



- They knew what happened to Lázaro-

- What the fuck is it toyou?.



You don't come down here where I live

asking me fuckin' questions!



- I'm not afteryou. It's them!

- That's right.



You don't care about me,

and I don't care aboutyou.



I don't care

ifyou live oryou die.



You see this?.



You see what this is, cabrón?



You ask me

one more fuckin' question-



Don't move!

Just freeze right there!



Put it down, Dave.



One's deader than a doornail,

and the other's unarmed.



- Put it down.

- He had his gun out.



Put it in the holster!



And then go keep that crowd

from coming back here! Go!






- You said it.

- He wasn't gonna shootyour deputy.



Boy's a little overtrained.



- This is Esparza?.

- Yeah.



He's got that





look about him.



They didn't clean up

the cyanide waste.



Theyjust dumped it

into an old mine.



Esparza was working

for Bentel then.



He told my guys that he'd dumped

something there before.



Only it's flooded now,

and it's flooding more every day.



Somehow Huerta's body

got swept away by it...



and pushed through the mountain into

one ofthe streams that feeds the lake.



This is sounding crazy, isn't it?.



Throw a dead body into a cave...



and three days later it comes back out

into the world all on its own?.



Sure, a lot of people'll buy that.



It's the water pressure.



The names ofthese two Mexicans

you sayyou talked to-



Come on!



You had Immigration follow us

and pick them up.



- Did I?.

- Halfthis town is illegal.



Immigration is gonna botherto

drive into the middle ofnowhere...



and just run into mywitnesses?.



Mr. Quińones and Mr. López

have been debriefed by the I NS.



According to them, theywere working

at BENagra Packing...



along with a certain Lázaro Huerta,

also an undocumented alien...



until one day he chose...



not to show up forwork.



That's the last they saw ofhim.



- Of course they're gonna say that.

- They're back on a plane in    hours...



courtesy of

the United States government.



Unless, of course...



you choose to include that

crock of shit thatyou just told me...



in your official statement...



in which case, they'd be accessories

to wrongful death, at least.



Possibly murder.



They'd be fucked.



Bienjodido is the phrase,

I believe, yeah.






The slaughterhouse operates

within guidelines set by the law.



All we've got is a failure

to report an accident...



and illegal burial...



which begins and ends

with Vince Esparza.



Doesn't it?.



I'll giveyou a few minutes

to think about it.



You called his name.



When you were looking for him,

you called his name.



Your buddy in the hospital

put us on the lookout.



Vehicular homicide?.



- It's the same speech every time.

- I don't have time now, Nora.



Ifl spent a few hours

reviewing his statistics...






instead ofjust listening to him go on

and on and on- Come on, Leo!



Come on!



- What's the deal?.

- Where haveyou been?.



Out reporting the news. I know

it's easier to watch it on cable, but-



Staff meeting

in    minutes, people!



That means everybody!



- Then it's true.

- What?.



They'll say,

"Nobody'll be let go"



But when they bought the Sentinel,

they cut    jobs the first month.




What are you talking about?.



We've been sold to Gold Mine Publishing,

that Bentel owns.



These RockyMountains

that I love so much...



are part of

ournational heritage...



something we must keep safe

forfuture generations.



Don't even thi nk about it.



Whatever pathetic publicity stunt

you're hatching...



in that drug-addled brain ofyours.



- I don't work foryou anymore.

- I know.



You were dismissed...



when we discovered an incident

ofsubstance abuse on the job.



- Anything you say-

- Don't threaten me.



You are the boy

that cried wolf, O'Brien.



- It was in all the papers.

- A murderwas committed.






Murder by deregulation?. That kind of

thinking went out in the last century.



That's not the point.



The point is

that without a smoking gun...



all you've got

is another opportunity...



to fuck upyour sorry excuse

for a life even more than now.



People likeyou thinkyou've got

everything covered.



You think nobody cares enough

to fight back.



But somedayyour shit's gonna

catch up with you, and when it does-



You're a loser.



That's already been established

beyond doubt.



So just try and be a good one.






Don'tyou thinkyou ought to

changeyour shirt?.



- How'd you find me?.

- I'm a detective.



You said we were investigators.



I'm a detective.

You're an investigator.



And the first rule is, don't go

finding more than you're looking for.



Look, ifit weren't for Mort-



All ofhis plans,

every scheme he's ever had...



has had a jinx on it.



His wife has to support him.

He thinks he's a failure.



Ifthis Silver Citything

were to fall through-



And he's in with the Pilagers?.



Up to his neck.



Hush money?.



Severance pay.



And don't go

making trouble, Danny.



Won't do any good.



So why'd you ever hire

a basket case like me?.



Lookwho I married.



Travel expenses.



Richard Pilager cares aboutyou.



It's like he's a bad actor that doesn't

believe himself in the part. You know?.



You read these polls-

I swear, the questions must be:



Would you rather

have Dickie Pilager as governor...



or haveyour pancreas pulled out through

your nose with a rusty coat hanger?.



But still,

  % prefer the coat hanger.



What's this?.






"Silver City"



Someone left us a treasure map.



I hearyou've been bought.



- I mean, notyou personally.

- Part ofthe happy Bentel family.



There's a man named Lázaro Huerta

in that box- what's left ofhim.



So, this is your case.



- Mr. O'Brien, yes?.

- Yes.



- Seńora.

- Hello.



Ramón Contreras

from the Mexican consulate.



On behalf

ofthe aggrieved family...



I offer my sincere gratitude

foryour generosity.



I'd like to wire some money...



on top ofthe casket

and the shipping costs.






Anything you could send

would be appreciated.



There are several children.



Ifyou'll excuse me-



The paperwork.



Nice to meetyou.



You haven't been sleeping.



No, not really.



I split up with Chandler.






I was... grousing about

communications monopolies...



and he gave me his usual line...



and we got into a fight,

one thing led to another and-



Conflict ofinterests.



Many a promising merger has failed

due to a conflict ofinterest.






How doyou feel...

about us splitting up?.






That's how I felt.



I should have been suicidal.



My paper's been co-opted...



I have all these people to call

and tell them they're not invited...



to the wedding in Aspen, and-



Wereyou gonna do

one ofthose ski-lift ceremonies?.



It would have been a very tasteful,

very Caucasian affair.



Ifyou changeyour mind,

I know ofa very good caterer.



Maybe we could

see each other sometime.



That'd be great.



So, you quityourjob.



Grace fired me.



So, what doyou do now?.



First I need to

repaint my living room.



I promise to respect and support

our American traditions-



I'm waiting.



our right to bear arms...



I'm still waiting.



our right to the freedoms

ofreligious worship and expression...



so fundamental to our liberty.



I promise to support a smaller,

more efficient government.



No longermust the Big Brother

ofthe social welfare system...



dictate our daily lives...



intruding, impeding, regulating...



the very air that we breathe.



What I'm talking about,

my fellow citizens...



comes down to

that precious word "freedom. "



A freedom enjoyed

by those bold individuals...



who came to a wild frontier and built

the West that we love so dearly...



those steadfast

men and women...



whose spirit

ofdaring and conquest...



inspires us to this day.



The freedom from fear

ofthose who envy our good fortune...



who scorn

our democratic institutions.



Freedom from

the cultural tyranny...



ofthe special interest groups

and the new-age demagogues...



who would seek to deny us...



the harvest

ofour God-given bounty...



under the false banner

ofenvironmental correctness.



The freedom to seek health,




and, yes, fortune...



in this glorious

mountain state ofours.



This is the freedom I prom ise you,

my fel low citizens.



But let not a man be judged

by the promises he makes...



but by the works

he leaves behind.






May God bless you all.



May God thygloryfind



Till allsuccess



Be nobleness



And every gain






O beautiful



Forspacious skies



For amber waves ofgrain



Forpurple mountain majesties



Above the fruited plain






God shed his grace on thee



And crown thy good



With brotherhood



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