Answering Machine Message: It’s Shirley at the Planted Pot. There’s just... no easy way to tell you this, Jim. We did everything we could – your fern died.
Jim: Dad, I do this kind of thing professionally. Why don’t you just let me handle it?
Rocky: If you’re trying to say I’m too old to take care of myself, I ain’t!
Jim: Okay, I’ll make a business proposition with you. Now, I figure that whatever’s going on has got to be worth at least two thousand dollars or these goons wouldn’t be messing with it. So I’ll take a percentage of anything we can manage to get over the two thousand dollars, alright?
Jim: That’s way too much!
Rocky: Ahhhh! That way we’re partners.
Jim: (as the imaginary Lyle Sayer) I hate to interrupt you, Mr. Orzeck, but I’ll tell you what I’d like for you to do. I wish you’d make a list of all the available oil leases and how much you want for ‘em. And I’m gonna get in my car and I’m gonna drive right out there and stand on ‘em. That’s how I buy all my leases, Mr. Orzeck. If there’s oil under there, I can feel it.
Rocky: I guess you been doing a little out of season hunting.
Willie: (pointing a rifle at him) No season on varmints.
Gerald O’Malley: Do you know that twenty-three critical masses of plutonium disappeared last year from U.S. nuclear facilities alone?
Jim: No, I didn’t know that.
Gerald O’Malley: Well, the United States government claims it was all inevitable manufacturing losses, so forth and so on, but I know it was the terrorists got it – turning it into bombs.
Rocky: If O’Malley says he doesn’t know nothing about me signing that lease over to him, then it’s gotta still be mine, doesn’t it?
Jim: Dad, you did sign it over to him, and the paper you signed is valid, so it’s floating around out there somewhere.
Rocky: Well, who’s got, then?
Jim: I don’t know – probably whoever sunk the well. They wouldn’t have sunk the well unless they had the rights.
Rocky: Could be Orzeck?
Jim: Orzeck couldn’t drill his way through a cloud. And the two guys with the guns – they’re just country beef. Somebody else is running this show. I’ll look around and see if I can find out who sunk the well.
Jim: What I found out this afternoon was, as far as anyone around here is concerned, nobody ever drilled on parcel 334. And they went to a lot of trouble to cover their tracks. I think they might even have disposed of the drilling crew.
Jim: (in jail, charged with the murder of Claude Orzeck) How could the D.A. go for a first degree murder charge when he doesn’t even have the weapon?
Beth: He’s figuring on an accomplice – a third person who got away with the gun.
Jim: Anything’s better than sitting here staring at the gallows.