Stonebrook (1999) - full transcript

With the help of a friend of the family, 23-year-old Erik (Brad Rowe) gets a scholarship to the Ivy League-type school called Stonebrook. His dorm-mate (Seth Green) is a nerdy hacker named Cornelius. When his scholarship is yanked, the two of them team up to pull increasingly ambitious scams to keep him in tuition money, eventually crossing paths with mob boss Mr. Tali (Stanley Kamel).


ERIK: A good man
once said

that to make a mistake
is human.

To make the same mistake
again is character.

Character, it was just a word.

See, I had ambitions.

I was full of dreams.

All my life,
people told me
I had potential.

And not long ago,
I had everything
I had ever wanted.

I thought I wanted.

I grew up on a farm
near a small town.

You probably never
heard of it.

My father wasted his life

working the same 160 acres
of worthless land.

After he died
and the bank foreclosed,

it was as if my father
had never existed.

I vowed that my life
was gonna be different.

But, next thing I knew,
five years had passed,

and I was still working
in the fields
of that same small town.

- I was 23.
- MAN: See you, Erik.

Then one day an old friend
of the family

promised me
that if I got accepted
to Stonebrook University,

he would find me
a scholarship.

The least I could do
was take the tests and apply.

And then
a funny thing happened.

I got in.


♪ Headin' down the highway

♪ It's time to leave
the past behind ♪

♪ You hear
the future callin' ♪

♪ Don't know
what you're gonna find ♪

♪ Take a ride

♪ on the wheels of change

♪ On the road ahead

♪ Look around the corner

♪ You'll see things
you've never seen ♪

♪ But anything is better

♪ Than the way
that it has been ♪

♪ Take a ride

♪ on the wheels of change

♪ You'll never be the same

♪ You gotta open up

♪ You gotta feel your cut

♪ Go ahead
and take your shot ♪

♪ On the road ahead

♪ On the open range

♪ On the road ahead

♪ Get ready for a change


Darling, it's no smaller
than your room back home.

I didn't have
to share my room
back home.





- What are you doing?
- Hey.

Oh, this is my room.

Check it out.

How do I know
you didn't forge this?


Sure, it's an easy job.

Plain paper, no seal,
no signature.

Why, I could whip one up
in no time.


I could.

I'm a very
dangerous man.

Yeah, sure you are.
I'm Erik.


Aren't you
a little old?

Taking this bottom bunk.
You got a problem with that?


How about we flip
a coin for it?

Heads, it's mine.
Tails, it's yours.

All right.

just tell 'em that, uh,

Detective Franklin
called, please.




♪ In the sweet by and by

♪ We will walk
on the beautiful shore ♪

20 years and you're still
playin' the same song.

Hey, kid!


Oh, I see
you're, uh, still hittin'
the pistachios, huh?

Hey, give me a break.
It keeps me from smokin'.

So, you get moved in
all right?

Yeah. Yeah.

- Roommate's a piece of work,
- Of course.

Well, you know,
he's probably just nervous.
You know, rich kids.

Yeah. Rich kids.

God, look at you.


The first kid
from our hometown

ever to crack
the Ivy League.

Hey, man, I wouldn't, uh,
wouldn't have even applied

if it wasn't
for the scholarship
you got me.

Oh, God.
For a smart kid like you,

the department's
always happy to help.

You know, I know the, uh,

scholarship's supposed to be
for family members only.

I mean,
I know that you and I
aren't exactly family...


Chief is still waitin'
on that Lowry file.

I'll be right with you.

Hey, don't worry
about it, kid.

I've taken care
of everything.

I even found you a job.

That's excellent.

Hey, don't get too excited.
It's nothing glamorous.

I've been a field hand
for three years.

I wouldn't know
what to do
with glamorous.

♪ Someday I'll do
the same for you ♪

♪ Or somehow
I'll pray for two ♪

♪ We'll meet in the end

♪ I left you with the dog

♪ Spin my way
through the London fog ♪

LONDYN: Here's
the last of them.

Oh, I thought the fun
was all over.


I'm Londyn.

Hi. I'm Erik.


- Welcome aboard.
- Thanks.

- Is it always this bad?
- I know.

These people are pigs.

I've, uh,
cleaned up after pigs.

This is much worse.




WOMAN: As you review
your freshman handbooks,

you'll discover the statistic

that 87%
of Stonebrook graduates

find employment within
six months of graduation...

MATHIS: I know
what you're thinking.


Some kind of Greek stuff.

Aristotle. Socrates.
Something like that.

You're absolutely right.

MAN: I'm referring
to the middle
and lower valleys

of Euphrates and Tigris.

The foothills
of the Iranian plateau or...

You'll be getting a lot
of that Greek stuff

over the course
of this semester.

But philosophy
is something more.


MATHIS: Every choice
you make

is a manifestation
of your own
personal philosophy.

MAN: 2x
to the 4th...

As it is revolved
around the y-axis,

take the integral...

WOMAN: a location
on the enzyme surface

where substrates bind

and where
the chemical reaction

catalyzed by the enzyme

MATHIS: What is
your personal philosophy?

Answering that question

will be the goal
of this course.

♪ When I hold up my head

♪ It loads down my spirit

♪ Livin' a lie

♪ Learnin' not to hear it

♪ I choose
but I don't decide ♪

Thanks anyway.

Good luck to you.


FRANKLIN: I was sure
they'd let it slide.

for family only.

Case closed.

As far as I'm concerned,
we are family.

How much you need?

I've got an $1100 payment
due on Friday.

Well, I've got my savings.

No, no, I can't have
you doing that.

I wanna do this, Erik.

I said no.

- Erik.
- Look, Franklin.
This is my problem.

You got a lot
of your father in you,
you know that, kid?

He was a good man,

Yeah, well,
a lot of good
that did him.


There's not much
of a market for, uh,
these monsters around here.

Plannin' on
buying it back.

Uh, excuse me?

As soon as I can get
the money together.

Sure you will.
Sure you will.

So, uh,

so how much
do you want for it?



Yep. Sold my truck.


What's so funny?

Sucker born every minute.

Not me.

How would you like
to have $20?


How would you like
to have $20?

Sure, I'll take $20.

Let me see
the envelope.

Your tuition envelope.
Let me see it.


My pleasure.

Say, Erik.

Check that envelope.

Everyone's a sucker.

WOMAN: Well, Mr. Landson,
that will leave

an outstanding balance
on your first payment of $450

due by the end
of business tomorrow.

Yes, ma'am.
I'm, um, gonna need
an extension though.

If a student fails
to make full tuition
payment by the deadline,

his/her registration
will be revoked.

He/She will be required
to reregister.

Of course,
but I--I understand...

If a student fails to make

full tuition payment
by the deadline...

All right.

Just forget it.

- Drink it.
- No, Erik,

- I'm not much of a drinker.
- Drink it!





- No, Erik.
I don't want anymore.
- Go on ahead.

You're not gonna let
your almost ex-roommate
drink alone, are you?

They wouldn't give you
an extension.

To Stonebrook.

To Stonebrook.

May she rest in peace.

Sherry, she was...


ERIK: A real looker, huh?


Yeah. And this was, like,
the fifth grade,

so other girls were, like,

well, you know...
But Sherry, she was, like...




So what'd you do?

What do you think I did?







Piece of cake.


What? You think
you can get it?

Are you kidding?
I've got stuff in here
that would just

blow your mind.
I mean,

blow it, like...


Like what?

stock market swindles,

and casino hustles,

and--and numbered
Swiss bank accounts.

I need $450.

Do you shoot pool?



That one.

Boy, you sure
don't know
when to quit.

How much is it
that you've
lost to me now?

Double or nothin',
three times?

What does that make?

Why don't you
keep it down?

Oh, I'm sorry.
Am I embarrassing you?

For God's sake,
put that money away.


- Hey, Steve,
we should get goin'.
- W-Wait.

You gotta give me a chance
to get my money back.

No, we gotta
get up early.

One more round.

Best of five.
I'll bet everything I got.


How much does that total?

If you win,
it's $480.


All right.
Let's shoot some pool.



- Steve.
- Get him up.

Steve, come.
Come on, buddy.
It's your shot.

If you can't
wake him up,
he forfeits.

I'll make it
worth your while.

How much?



I never liked
him anyway.

Come on, Steve.
Let's get out of here.


- Did it work?
- Like a charm.

Mr. Tali would like
to speak with you.

Hey, we don't know
any Mr. Tali.

You will.


These are the boys
I called you about.

Have a seat.


This is quite a lot of money
you have here.

Look, the guy
was a pool shark.

I mean,
he--he was runnin'
the whole game.

Yes, well,

Mr. Milo has permission.


Mr. Milo pays me
a percentage.

All right.
Look, Mr., uh,


I need that money back.
I'll pay you back.

Do I look like
a bank to you?

We can make it
worth your while.


How exactly
would you plan
on doing that?

Well, the "how"
is not important, Mr. Tali.

What is important
is how much.

I'm listening.

What the hell
were you doing?

Keeping you in school.

Where are we gonna come up
with twice as much money
by Monday?

You were pretty angry
when the school

denied your extension,
weren't you?


What if I told you
there was a way

to get back at them,
and pay off your tuition
in the process.

Would you be interested
in that?

Or would you rather
I brought this back
to Mr. Tali,

and you can
start packin'.

ERIK: And that's how
it started.

I'm here to pay
the balance
on my tuition.

Stonebrook University
was lousy in athletics,

and the school was desperate
to recruit promising
high school athletes.

Oh, he's nuts.

That kind of desperation,
along with a drawer
full of petty cash,

made for the perfect mark.


Mr. Wilmington.

I'm sorry.
We're closed.

I'm supposed to meet
Sam Wilmington here today.

What'd you say?

I'm supposed to meet
Sam Wilmington here today.

- Today?
- Yes, sir.

You're welcome
to wait.

- Thank you.
- You're welcome.


- Hey, Marty.
- Hey.

Is Sam here yet?


Well, it's just like him
to sleep in on a Saturday,
isn't it?

I guess we still got
a few minutes
before he gets here.

Before who gets here?

Great high school pitcher
out of Alabama.

Got a fastball
they got clocked
at 87 miles an hour.



Boy, it is great
to finally meet you.
Dale Walmont,

Young Alumni Association.

Mr. Walmont, it is such
a pleasure to meet you.

Have you had much chance
to check out the campus?

Well, not really.
I just got here.

But I saw that
beautiful ballpark
of yours.

Well, it's nice,
isn't it?

A lot fancier
than the one
we got in Arkansas.

I bet it is.
- Ah...

I--I--I thought
you said

that he was from Alabama.

Oh, I did.
I--I said, uh,
'cause he, uh...

- I was born in Alabama.
- MARTY: Born in Alabama.

And then he moved
to Arkansas.

Anyway, as soon as
Sam Wilmington gets here,

we can get started on
that tour we promised you.

Oh, hey, could I talk to you
for a second?

Excuse me.
Hey, uh, have a seat
and do you need some water?

Uh, no. I'm fine.

Uh, Mr. Wilmington
never said anything
about coming in today.


Are you kiddin'?

We promised this kid
the first-class treatment.

All I need from Sam
is a little expense account.

God, does he
back me up? No.

Man, if you ask me,
that guy is just a jerk.

Tell me about it.

- Oh, he's gotten to you, too?
- Oh, ho!


Yeah, he's always
on my case.

- "Marty, hurry up."
- Oh, I'll bet.

"Marty, you screwed up."

Man, if I didn't
need this job...

I'll tell you what.

- Hey, do I have to dial nine?
- Yeah. Yeah.

Oh, now, uh,
who are you callin'?

Who do you think?

Sam? This is Dale.

Where do you think I am?

Yes, he's here.

No, everything's fine.
Marty and I have been
entertaining him.

Yes, Marty. That's right.

Well, at least someone
in this department knows
how to do his job.

Sam, when are you
gonna get here?


Oh, Sam,
screw your golf lesson.

Sam, we are gonna
lose this kid.

Look, I...

Yes, I know...

No, I don't...

Fine. Fine.


Um, what did he say?

I'm sorry, Cal,
but there's been
a slight misunderstanding,

and we're not gonna be
able to do all the stuff

that we promised you,

We had a deal,
Mr. Walmont.

Well, now,
I know we did.

You know, they told me
this was gonna happen
when I visited this State.

Oh, no, it's just
a misunderstanding.

Now, wait, uh,

wait, wait, wait!
Now, hold on
just a second!

Hold on.


He's that good?

They could retire his jersey
before he ever puts it on.

How much do you need?


How much do you need?

Well, I thought only Sam
could authorize the use
of that money.

He can authorize it
on Monday.



You're a good guy, Marty.
A good guy.

"At least someone
in the department
knows their job."

Man, that was

Dude, you are brilliant,
you know that?

Yeah, I do.

Here, let me see
the money.

How much is it?



Yeah, but that's
nothin', man.

Our next job
is gonna make this job
look like pocket change.

Whoa. What are
you talkin' about,
our next job?

Yeah, our next job.
The way I figure,
we can clear 20 easy.

- Thousand?
- Erik, you're
gonna love this one.

See, we take the cash
from this job,

we use it
to set up an office.

We get-- We get phones
and--and computers
and the works.

Well, wait, wait.
Tali's expecting
this money back.

So we offer him
a percentage.

Look, Cornelius, I...

I appreciate you
helping me pay my tuition
and everything,

but that's it, man.
I'm done.

Give me the keys
to your scooter.

I gotta take this money
back to Tali.

Erik, you're not seeing
the big picture.

The keys.

Come on. The keys.


Ah, thank you.

You know, if you, uh,

wanna make
some extra cash,

I might have
a delivery for you,

several deliveries.

Uh, no offense,
Mr. Tali,

but I came here
to Stonebrook
to go to school,

not to get involved
with, uh...

- Uh...
- With what? With what?

I gotta go.

It takes deep pockets
to go to Stonebrook.


More like
a bottomless pit.

Your family
helping you out?

And so in 1885,

Friedrich Nietzsche
declared that god was dead.

Man was,
as he had always been,

the highest evolutionary
being in creation.

Now, that's quite
a powerful thought,
isn't it?

You've all heard
the old riddle,

"If a tree falls
in the forest,

"and no one's
around to hear it,
does it make a sound?"

Well, if a man lies,
steals, kills,

and there's no God
around to judge him,

is it a sin?

- ERIK: So, you wanna
do somethin' tonight?
- LONDYN: Like what?

I don't know.


The occasion being?

The occasion being
that I haven't been
kicked out of school yet?

Were you worried?

Honestly? Yes.



I mean, I don't know.
This whole thing

just kind of seems
like a dream.
It's like,

being a college student,
Ivy League school.

You know, most of my friends
back home, they're married.

They're raising kids
right now.

But not you?

- No, not me.
- How come?

I don't know.
You ever get to a point
in your life

where you're not
movin' forward anymore,

or you're just kind of
standin' still?


Yeah, well,
I don't ever wanna
get to that point again.

- Come on.
- Where are we goin'?

To celebrate.


- Hi.
- Hi.


Boy, is it always
this crowded?

You should see it
on the weekend.

LONDYN: Excuse me.

Hey, chief,

we ordered two pitchers
of margaritas,
like, 20 minutes ago.

- What's up?
- Just can't get
good help these days.

Hey, Londyn.
How are you?

Hi, Jake.

Erik, you remember Jake?

- Oh, yeah.
- Oh, yeah. Sure.

So look, we're all
at a table in the back.
You joinin' us?

I don't know.

No, no. It's fine.
Go ahead.

Sure. You go ahead
and, uh, Derek and I'll get
some drinks and follow up.


Oh, my God,
Londyn, look at you.


She's quite a catch
for a guy like you.

A guy like me?

Come on, she's loaded.

Yeah, all of us
in the cafeteria
are millionaires.


She's just workin' there
because she had a fight
with her old man.

But trust me,
they'll make up and...


All that money.

Hey, guys, what am I,
wood over here?

LONDYN: I can't believe
you kissed Milt Vossler.

It wasn't a kiss.

It was tonsil licking.


Oh, my God.

WOMAN: From now on,
I'll only vacation
in the Caymans.

Taboo. Absolutely taboo.

My dad says
the real action's
in commodities.

It's Beatles, Beatles,
Beatles. That's it.

Did you see
how tan I was?

That homeless guy
was out front again.

It just makes you sick.

- Ew.
- Exactly.

Of course it was
a real diamond.

Erik. Erik,
are you all right?


I'll get goin'.

Can I...




That's right.

All right, I'm in.

Well, I wish
you'd decided that before you
gave away our start-up money.

We get it back.

You get it back.

TALI: You got
a lot of nerve
coming back here.

I like that.

Most kids around here

look like they never worked
a day in their lives.

But you,
judging by your hands,

it looks like
you've been working
since the day you were born.

You said something
about a delivery?

16 Willow Boulevard.

So are you gonna back us?

16 Willow Boulevard.

don't disturb the flowers.

Oh, I'm sorry.

What do you want?

Oh, uh,

Mr. Tali sent this,
uh, envelope for you.

So, you're,

you're usin' soil
from your yard, huh?


Soil from your yard
on your flowers.

'Cause there's a lot of clay
in the soil around here.

You might wanna
add some sand, actually.

It'll help
with the drainage.

You're welcome.




How was class?

I'm not gonna be makin'
a career out of calculus.
That's for sure.

You kind of
ran out on me
the other night.


I mean, I know
those guys can be
a little obnoxious, but...

No, it's not that.

J-Jake told me
you had some kind of fight
with your dad.

That's right.

So, you're rich?

No. My father is rich.

Same thing.

Look, Erik,
I've got work-study
and a scholarship, okay?

I'm paying my own way
the same as you.

Do you have
a problem with that?

No, I don't have
a problem with that.

So do you wanna
go for coffee
or something?

Uh, I'd like to,
but I've--I've gotta go
do something.

- Okay.
- All right.



Am I being
out of line here?


No, you're not
being out of line.

Computer, lab coat,
video games?

You have over $1,500
in expenses here.

Pretty small investment
for $20,000.

And you just expect me
to give you...

Wait a sec.
Wait, wait, wait,
I'm sorry.

Have you ever done
anything like this before?

We made your delivery.

Yes, and you'll
make others.

By the way, I take 50%.



Yes, is that
a problem?


Who's the mark?

ERIK: J.H. Dardinell
was a successful
Stonebrook alumnus.

Thank you, Dale.

Until the IRS nailed him
for tax evasion and fraud.

This place is exactly
as I remember it.

It may look the same
on the outside,
Mr. Dardinell,

but the truth
of the matter

is that Stonebrook
has changed quite a bit.

In fact,
now it's a cutting edge
research facility.

What kind of research?

Well, we dabble
a little bit in, uh...

Come on,
let me show you.

ERIK: Now, when a man
like Dardinell
faces Chapter 11,

it's a good bet he's lookin'
for ways to make money
under the table.

Now, I have to warn you.
Mr. Marvin Bellamy
can seem a little eccentric.

But, uh, trust me.
He's brilliant.

ERIK: Marvin.

Just leave it
on the table, Sydney.

Uh, Marvin, you, uh,
might wanna hear this.

Did you get
the accelerator
to the...

Oh, it's you.

Marvin, this is
Mr. Dardinell,

the gentleman
I was telling you about.

I don't have time
for this now.

Maybe we should
come back.

No, no, no.
Wait. Hold on.

Let me talk to him.

Marvin, look...

Look, I've got to link up
with Oxford in four hours.

He might be
your last chance
for funding.



Very sorry.

My research is
at a critical phase.

Well, what exactly
is your research,
Mr. Bellamy?

Well, it's chaos.

Uh, well,
Chaos theory, really.

But you--you probably
wouldn't be familiar with...

I'm an insurance man,
Mr. Bellamy.

I know all about a chaos.


Uh, well, excellent.
You see, I'm--I'm developing
a new mathematical model,

and, uh, I--I-- I'm using

a rather interesting technique
to gather data.

See, I've taken games
like roulette and blackjack,

and I've placed them
up on the internet

where thousands of people
can play them everyday. So...

So you're runnin'
some kind of
computer casino.

No, no.
The games are just data.

We get about 900 hits a day

and what
that's providing is...

Well, how much
do you take in a night?

Well, people don't play
too conservatively,

sitting alone in front
of their computer.

I'd say, uh, 20,

- maybe 30,000...
- $30,000?

And you still
need funding?

Well, I'm not actually
charging them.

Why the hell not?

Well, people don't play
too conservatively.

Mr. Dardinell,
I'm a researcher,
not a pit boss.

Now, you earn me
$30,000 a night,

and you can do research
on edible cow dung
for all I care.

Now, how much
is it gonna cost
to get started?


I can have the money
by tomorrow.

Now, you just make sure
he doesn't lose his nerve.

Leave everything to me.

Good boy.

MARTY: You don't understand.

You have to recover
that money,

or I'm goin'
to lose my job.

You know, Marty,

you should've
thought about that
before you handed $1800

over to a couple
of total strangers.


I want you to tell me
everything you can remember
about these guys.

Hair, clothing,
accents, everything.

You hurt your wrist, huh?

My wrist? Oh, no.

It's carpal tunnel syndrome.

I type a lot.

- Oh.
- I wanted to thank you.

For the, uh, flowers,
I mean.

Oh, yeah.
It's no problem.

Would you, um...

Would you wait
a moment?




WOMAN: 701, 40, roger.
7851. A family dispute.

4972 West 21st Street,
number three.




- CORNELIUS: Cookies?
- ERIK: Yeah, good ones, too.

What do you think it means?

Maybe he likes
to bake.

No, not the cookies.
I mean the guy.

Every week, Tali sends
an envelope of money
to Rosewood.


What about that briefcase?
It's lot of money.

I think you should
drop it, Erik.

Aren't you even
the least bit curious?



He's early.

- [CLEARS THROAT] You good?
- Yeah.

- Hey.
- Everything all right?

Well, we can start
as soon as we bring
the big servers in.

The servers are on order.
We, uh, just need to, um...


You know, when I
first saw you two,

I just figured
that you were
strictly small-time.

Another Mr. Milo.


But now...

Thank you,
Mr. Tali.

All right.


Do you remember
Mr. Rosewood?

Of course.

All right. Well, it seems
that Mr. Rosewood
has in his computer

some financial records

which could prove
very valuable to me.


if you could get
those records

for me,

I could make it
worth your while.

How worth our while?




There is one
little problem, though.

It seems that, uh,

Rosewood uses
this encryption system,
which means,

you would have to
find the password.

So, do you-- do you think
you could do that?

For $30,000?

I'm sorry, Mr. Tali.
We're not interested.

What is
your problem?

Look, I don't know
who Rosewood works for,

but whoever they are
that's one group of people

we don't wanna
mess around with.

You're scared.

Erik, you just made
a lot of money.

Why don't you enjoy it?

Excuse me.

Oh, hi,
Harold, hey!

Uh, it's Erik.

Right. Erik.
Almost gave up
on you, buddy.

But here she is.
Look at her.

Had a few offers.
Nothin' serious, but, uh...

I was askin' $1,400.

But, ah, for you,
I'd be willin'
to let her go

for, say, $1,250.
What do you say?

Think I've got
a better idea.




What do you think?

It's beautiful.

Whose is it?

It's mine.
I bought it.


Come on. Hop in.
I'll take you for a ride.

I can't.
It's Wednesday.


I always visit my mom
on Wednesdays.

Well, can't you
make an exception?

It's important.

Fine. I'll drive you.

What, are you worried
I'm gonna embarrass you
or somethin'?

My mom's in
a mental institution.

Uh, let me drive you.


This is
an institution?

Best that money
can buy.

Kind of makes you
want to go nuts.

- Sorry.

There she is.

What's she doin'?

She's waiting
for a train.


Londyn, thank God.
I thought you weren't
going to make it.

Where's your bag?
Did you lose it?

Well, it doesn't matter.

From now on, things
are going to be better.

- I promise you.
- I know.

Where is he?

He should've
been here by now.
We'll miss the train.

Mom, this is
my friend Erik.

There you are.

It is such a pleasure
to meet you, ma'am.

Thank you, young man.

We're still waiting
for the rest of our party,

but you can take
my bag aboard now.

And please make sure
we have three seats

LONDYN: When I was
nine years old,

she came into my room
and started packing
my bags.

She told me
that we were going
to take this long trip.

That there was a nice man
who was going
to take care of us.

We waited all day
at the train station.

He never showed.

Then my father found us,

brought us back home.

Six months later,
my mom was here.

You never found out
who the guy was?


Your father
must have some idea.

Hey, hey!
Watch it! Jeez!

I don't want
to study.


Then don't.

We could go to
The Top of the Hill.

Aren't you gettin'
a little sick
of that crowd?

I got sick of them
in high school.

I know of a place.

Been workin'
a little bit there


Trust me,
you'll love it.


All right. This is it.
This is the place.

What? You've been
working here?

Yeah. Come on up.
There's some people
I want you to meet.

- Erik, take me home.
- Oh, come on.


All right.

Londyn. Londyn!

Hold on.

- You gotta get out, Erik.
- Get out of what?

I can't believe
I was so stupid,
you know?

I should've known
the second I saw that car.

I mean,
what does he have
you doin' for him?

Breakin' old ladies' legs
when they don't pay
their debts on time?

- It's nothin' like that!
- It will be.

- Hey!
- Let go of me!

Not until you tell me
what's goin' on!

He's my father, Erik.

Who is?

Alexander Tali
is my father.


FRANKLIN: Why didn't
you tell me, kid?

What are you
doin' here?

D.A.'s got a whole file
on you.

Yeah, but you--you fixed it.
You took care of it, right?

FRANKLIN: Fixed it?

You broke laws, Erik.

A lot of 'em.

You're lookin' at
five years.

Oh, God.

Five years?

Maybe. I don't know.

D.A.'s been tryin'
to nail Tali for years.

He's got nothin'
to show for it.

It's an election year.
He needs an arrest.

So he's goin' after us?

I can't go to jail.

Erik, I can't go to jail.

What do you know
about this guy?

Yeah. His name
is Elmer Rosewood.
He's a C.P.A.

He used to work
out of Chicago.

Supposed to be connected.
Nobody knows for sure.

You know
he's blackmailin' Tali?

Is that what's
in the envelope?


Yeah, we've been pretty sure

that Tali's been
laundering money

through several businesses.

Maybe Rosewood caught him
skimmin' the till.

What if I can get you
Rosewood's records?

You think the D.A.
would be interested?

I think the D.A.
would pimp his mother
for Rosewood's records.

ERIK: The last person
I wanted to see again
that night

was Alexander Tali,

but it was clear
that the only way
to Rosewood's files

[DOOR CLOSING] was through him.

After all,
the idea of stealing them

had been Tali's
in the first place.


She's beautiful,
isn't she?

Yeah, she is.

She left home
when she was 16.

Took her mother's name.
Wouldn't even let me
support her.

Maria, Londyn's mother,

She has some problems.

Londyn told me your wife
tried to leave you
for another man.

He was a coward.

A greedy coward.

He sold my wife out
for a couple of bucks.

Now I own him.

Works for me now.

He does errands.
He works for scraps.

Cornelius and I
changed our mind

if the offer still stands.


Good. Just, uh,
tell me what you need.

MATHIS: A child dies
from some unexplained illness.

Fishermen sail off,
never to return.

It rains
on your wedding day.

And always, behind
these tragic events,

lies the question,


Because it is the nature
of the human mind

to bring order out of chaos,
to seek truth.

And where there is no truth,

we must invent it.

Because that, too,
is our nature.

You know, what burns me
is that we're stickin'
our necks out here,

and there's nothin'
in it for us.

We stay out of jail.

I just can't stop thinkin'
about that briefcase.

I mean, if we're goin'
for the files already,

it wouldn't be
all that hard for us...

Don't be stupid.

See, the way I figure it,
if Franklin makes his bust,

then everyone's either
gonna get nailed,

turn state's,
or they're gonna
run for cover, right?


So do you think
in all that confusion

that they're gonna miss
one little briefcase
full of money?

If we screw up,

we're dead.


If we screw up,

we're dead anyway.

I don't understand.

It's ergonomic.

I thought it might be
good for your wrists.


May I ask you
a question, Erik?

Yeah, sure.

Why are you wasting your time
working for a man like Tali?

Money, of course.

If you're gonna be
in this line of work,

do it with
the right people.

I have contacts, Erik.
Serious contacts.

Is that so?

In fact, my employers
will be in town on Wednesday.

If you like,
I could introduce you.

I'll think about it.

What else was
on the desk?

Usual stuff.

Phone, paper,
box of blank disks.

Couple of pens.

Oh, and there was
a police band radio.

Police band?
Good. That's good.

Did you set up the keyboard
exactly like I told you?


And you're sure the meeting
is day after tomorrow?

Mmm-hmm. Wednesday.

Londyn always visits
her mom on Wednesday.

Okay. Well, I made up
our itinerary,

and our first stop
is 133 miles
down route 24.

The motel is called
The Comfort Lodge.
Erik, are you listenin'?


I just don't see
why we have to skip town.

Erik, if we steal this money,

they will come
lookin' for us.

Oh, I know.
It's--It's just...

Hey! Hey!
Where are you goin'?

I can't leave town
without talkin' to Londyn.

Erik, she's
his daughter, okay?

If you talk to her,
you risk blowin'

I'm sorry.

Unit two-niner, standing by.

FRANKLIN: All right.
Copy that.

So, Erik, look.
If anything goes wrong,

- I want you to head
straight to...
- Franklin! Relax.

All right?
Just stick with the plan.

Right. Right.

- Hey, what about our records?
- They're clean

just as soon
as I put the disk
in the D.A.'s hands.

So, Erik, just please

- be careful.
- Franklin,

we're gonna meet back here
in an hour. All right?


♪ In the sweet by and by

♪ We will meet on...

We should've had Tali
pay us in advance.

Don't get greedy, Erik.


- Who's this?
- He's with me.

we've got trouble.

Alexander Tali's
comin' after you.

You're gonna have to
get out of town.

Tali knows
he can't touch me.

TALI: Because there aren't
going to be any more
payments to Mr. Rosewood.

ERIK: But his records.
He could send...

No, he can't send them
if he's dead.

I'm afraid Mr. Tali
just met with a most
unfortunate accident.

[SIGHS] Sorry.
Uh, what're you gonna do?

Include these files
with the shipment.

It's all here.
Every dime he's embezzled.

ERIK: How much
has he stolen?

Just shy of $2 million.

He's kept it well hidden.

Probably stashed it

You might wanna
take a look at this.

What is it?

Well, it looks
like a cop.

ROSEWOOD: The police!


COP 1: [ON RADIO] 297,
what's your 20?

Corner of Main and Willow.

Awaiting further
instructions. Over.

COP 3: Fireman's Park
is secure.

Yeah, roger that.
All units hold positions.

They've got the whole
neighborhood staked out.

Hey, Franklin,
can you run down
that description again?

Yeah. Subject's name,
Elmer Clancy Rosewood,

6'2", Caucasian...

FRANKLIN: ...balding,
drives an orange 911...


Why would Tali
go to the police?

Maybe he's connected.

I have to get
to the warehouse.

Well, they'll arrest you
the second you walk
out the door.

You could go.


ROSEWOOD: They're not
looking for you.

What about that cop outside?

I could-- I could
create a diversion.

I could--
I could take your car
and--and maybe stall 'em.

The meeting
is at a warehouse.

427 3rd Street.

You can't miss it.

Do you have
any blank disks?

On the desk. Why?

Oh, I have to make
the--the diversion
as convincing as possible.

Oh, right.
Um, here's...

The car
is in the garage.

Good luck.


Come on. Come on.

ERIK: Follow him.

It's working.

I gotta get goin'.

- Erik?
- Yeah?

What you're doing for me,

I'll make it
worth your while.

I know you will.

ERIK: It was beautiful.

We had the disk,
we had the money.

I felt myself breathe
for the first time in days.

Of course, we still
needed the password.

But according to Cornelius,
that was simple.

See, there were two disks.

The first held
all of Rosewood's files.

All the evidence
the D.A. could want.

The second came
from a homemade device

which Cornelius had rigged
into the keyboard I planted
on Rosewood's desk.

It recorded every keystroke,
which could then
be printed out.

And from there,
finding the password was just
a process of elimination.

Then Cornelius would hand
the disk and password
over to Franklin,

who would give it
to the D.A.,

[BLEEPING] who would drop the charges
and clean our records.

All I had to do
was get myself and the money
out of Stonebrook.

ERICK: Can't leave town
without talkin' to Londyn.

she's his daughter.

If you talk to her,
you risk blowing

I'm sorry.

I don't know. You ever get
to a point in your life

where you're not
movin' forward anymore,

or you're just
kind of standin' still?


Yeah, well,
I don't ever wanna
get to that point again.

"Irene was devastated.
She knew that Maurice
was her destiny.

"Her one chance
at true love,

"and he had left her
for money."

I did what you said.

Cornelius and I
cut a deal with the cops.

We're gettin' out.

So I see.

Well, call the department
if you need to.

Ask for Detective Franklin.
Detective Oliver Franklin.


Mom, what's wrong?

It's time to go, Londyn.

There's someone
I've been waiting
to introduce you to.

♪ In the sweet by and by

♪ We shall meet

♪ On that
beautiful shore ♪

Oh, my God.

♪ In the sweet


♪ and by

- LONDYN: What?
- ♪ We shall meet

- Franklin. Hold on to this.
- What? But I...

Keep it safe.
I can't explain.

Erik, wait!

ERIK: You never found out
who the guy was?

Your father
must have some idea.

TALI: He's worked for me
ever since.

He runs errands,
works for scraps.

I own him.

About time you got here.





MAN: Come on!


Get off of me!


- Is the other one dead?
- Yeah.

Get the briefcase.


It's not here.

Excuse me?

It's not here!

I should've known
you'd screw this thing up.

But I got the disk
and the password.

You got Rosewood
where you want him.

What is the password?



- Where's the briefcase?
- Go to hell!



TALI: Where's the briefcase?



I'm sorry, kid.


All right! Okay, okay!
All right.

[PANTING] It's off Route--
Route 24, in the woods.

- Where in the woods?
- In the woods.

Where in the woods?

I'd have to show you.

You'll be late
for your meeting.

How much money
were we talking about?

$50,000, maybe $60,000.

Okay. Okay, I can cover that
if I have to.

- Yeah, I'll take the kid
and get the money.
- No.

No, you stay here,
you move these cars.
It looks like a used-car lot.

You think
you can handle that?

TALI: Good.

Let's go.

Let's go!

MAN: Get in!



So, Rosewood asked you
to come in his place.

TALI: Uh, well, yes.

Because the police
were following him.

We just thought
it would be safer for me
to come a-and meet you.

And our shipment?

Oh, I--I wired it, uh,
offshore for safety.

You wired it?

- That's right.
- To an offshore account?

That's right.

That's very good,
Mr. Tali.

Our employer
will be most pleased.

TALI: Thank you.


- call your bank.
- Right.

- Have them wire the funds
to our account.
- Of course.

TALI: Excuse me.


ERIK: We made it so easy.

All the time we thought
we were playing Tali,
and he was playing us.

Uh, I'd like to arrange
an electronic transfer
of funds. Right.

It started with
the deliveries to Rosewood,

right through to planning
Franklin's phony bust.

He was even willing to
hand over his own money.

All for Rosewood's files.

See, the disk didn't just
free Tali from Rosewood,

it gave him power.


I--I seem to have forgotten
the exact dollar amount.


Excuse me?

Is there a problem?


No, no--no problem at all.

I just happened to forget
the exact dollar amount.


They--They wanna know
where--where it's going.

Transfer the funds
to El Banco Nacional
in Buenos Aires,

to 51427638.

They need your password.

Yes, of course.

Uh, yes, the password
is "Londyn."


That's right. Thank you.

It's done.

You know,

if there is one thing
our employer hates,

it is seeing
a valuable resource wasted.

I'll tell you what.

He's gonna be passing
through town tonight.

Why don't you come back
in a few hours,
say, uh, 4:00 a.m.?

I--I look forward to it.

Thank you.


- How much further is this?
- ERIK: Not far.

Yeah. Here.
It's right down there.

I don't see anything
down there.


That kid is really
startin' to tick me off.

ERIK: The way I saw it,
I could either run
with the money

and keep running
for the rest of my life,

or give the money back to
Rosewood before he realized
he'd been conned.

And if I warned him
about Tali and the files,

maybe he could protect
himself and me.

- Londyn, I need your car.
- Erik.

- The keys. Give me your keys.
- My God, what happened?

Your face!
Who did this to you?

Where's Cornelius?
Erik, where is he?

They set us up.
Your father, Franklin.

We played
right into it.

Where's Cornelius?

They killed him.


What are you gonna do?

ERIK: Mr. Rosewood.

Mr. Rosewood,
we have to talk.





What is goin' on?

You don't understand, Londyn.
There's only $67,000.

There's supposed to be
$2 million.

I'm a dead man.

I can talk to my father.

He'll listen to me.

I'll take you home,
and then I'll call you
from Stripes.

You don't have
a choice, Erik.

You're not gonna
find him at Stripes.

He's got a meeting
in an hour.





FRANKLIN: You and that
briefcase were supposed
to be out of town.


I want you to stay put, Erik.

That way no one
will get hurt.

Oh, what about Rosewood?

ERIK: Did you kill him for
the disk or for the money?

He was a crook.

And Tali?

I know what happened
between you and his wife.

You don't know anything.

What, are you gonna
kill him, too?

No. I won't have to.

Rosewood's employer
will take care of Tali.

Look, Franklin,
you've got your money.
You've got what you want.

Is that what you think
this is about?

You stay put, Erik.

It'll all be over
in 30 minutes.

What'll be over
in 30 minutes?


Franklin! Franklin!

MAN: Come back in a few hours.

You'll be late
for your meeting.

4:00 a.m.

The warehouse.

LONDYN: I'll take you home,
and then I'll call you
from Stripes.

ERIK: You're not gonna
find him at Stripes.

He's got a meeting
in an hour.


Ah, there you are.

Right on time.


Twelve years, Tali.
Twelve years.


Oh, man!

ERIK: Where is she?

Look who's here.

- Where's Londyn?
- Where's Londyn?

What are you
talking about?
Is that my money?

- Get away from me, Franklin!
- I'll get him out of here,
Mr. Tali.

- We've all gotta
get out of here.
- Excuse me?

This meeting,
it's a s... Ugh!

Just take him
back to Stripes,

get the money in the safe
and I'll deal with him later.

It's a setup!

The disk, the shipment,
the tape you and I made.

- See, I don't have
time for this.
- That's enough!

The men who're comin'
tonight, they're comin'...

They're comin' to kill you.
Isn't that right, Franklin?

Oh, like Franklin would have
something to do with this.

Oh, come on.
After everything
you've done to him?

Humiliated him,
controlled him,
insulted him?

What about what he did
with your wife?

Oh, you're good, kid.

You're very good.

You see, I--I could
see you pulling off
something like that.

But Franklin?


I don't think so.


Get the shipment.

But, I already wired
your money to the bank
in Buenos Aires.

I wasn't aware
I had an account
in Buenos Aires.

Excuse me?

It's all there.

67 thou...
It's... Wait, no.

I'm sorry. I wired you,
uh, $2 million.

How much did you steal
from me, Mr. Tali?

How--How much
have I stolen?

WOMAN: Mr. Rosewood
kept very thorough records.

Where did you get that?

That's not important.

What is important
is that you stole from me.

Then you killed Mr. Rosewood
to cover it up.

I didn't kill anyone.

TALI: Because there aren't
going to be any more
payments to Mr. Rosewood.

ERIK: But his records.
He could send...

No, he can't send them
if he's dead.

I see.

Now I have something
that belongs to you.



She has nothing
to do with this!

TALI: Whatever it takes.

Everything I have.


Start with the girl.

I wouldn't do that!

Yeah, you're right.
Rosewood did keep
very good records.

Your records.

Names, dates, places.

I would hate to see
what would happen if this
got into the wrong hands.

Or the other copy I made.

Other copy?

The copy I gave to the FBI.

It's useless.
The files are encrypted.

And I have the password.

So this is what
we're gonna do.

We're gonna
walk out this door.

We're gonna forget
this ever happened.

Fine. You win.


FRANKLIN: Erik! Watch out!



WOMAN: Remove the wire,
Mr. Tali.

Remove the wire, Mr. Tali.

What about my daughter?

The wire.



This isn't over.

He faked it.

You faked it?


You have to pay.

For what you did to me.

What I did to you?




I can't believe...
Uh, Franklin...


stuff in here that would
just blow your mind.

ERIK: Roommate's
a piece of work, though.

Well, you know,
he's probably just nervous.
You know, rich kids.

TALI: When I first saw
you two, I figured you were
both strictly small-time.

Well, the "how"
is not important, Mr. Tali.

What is important
is how much.

That one.

MILO: One more round.

do you want for this?


ERIK: Yep, sold my truck.

Transfer the funds
to El Banco Nacional.


FRANKLIN: The first kid
from our hometown ever
to crack the Ivy League.

ERIK: Freshman.

CORNELIUS: How do I know
you didn't forge this?

Plain paper, no seal,
no signature.

Why, I can whip one
up in no time.

TALI: It takes deep pockets
to go to Stonebrook.

ERIK: More like
a bottomless pit.

Don't get greedy, Erik.

CORNELIUS: You're not
seeing the big picture.

Everyone's a sucker.

ERIK: Not me.

[ECHOING] Not me.


Guess I should thank you.

Although I knew
you wouldn't tell 'em
about me.

After all,
we're partners.

Well, you almost
got me killed, partner.

Well, you were
supposed to leave town.
That was the plan.

Not that it matters.

In fact, I'd say
everything worked out
better than I expected.

So how long was that goin' on
with you and Franklin?

A year?
Couple of months?

What's that?

Your cut.

Keep it.

There's a lot more
where that came from, Erik.

I got a guy
down in Florida,

textile manufacturer,
worth millions.

I'm not interested.

So you'd rather
be washin' dishes?


- Sell that nice car of yours?
- I already sold it.

Is it the girl, Erik?
Is that what it is?

You know, I used to think
you showed potential.

See you around, pal.

I doubt it.

You got a lot of
your old man in you,
you know that, kid?

he was a good man.

ERIK: A good man once said
that to make a mistake
is human.

To make the same mistake
again is character.

My father told me that.

I didn't understand
what he meant
until I came to Stonebrook.




♪ We could talk for hours
about forever ♪

♪ But what about the days
along the way? ♪

♪ There'll come a time
when we'll be beggin' ♪

♪ For every moment
we've thrown away ♪

♪ Nothing's wrong
and nothing's changed ♪

♪ At least that's what
I was thinkin' every day ♪

♪ But I stopped holding' on
and you let go ♪

♪ Now what's gonna
keep us together? ♪

♪ I stopped holding' on
and you let go ♪

♪ Who's gonna...