May 28, 2007
When Time Ran Out... (1980) (part 7 of 8)
Out front, the group assembles. Sam, Mona, the whores, the kids and the native pile into the Suburban. Brian tells Hank he’s ready, and Hank asks who else is coming. A couple people look like they’re trying to go, but the Random Idiots take control of the crowd. Random Idiot #3 and his girlfriend tell Hank he’s crazy, and not to tell them what to do. We’ll let Bob tell us what to do, if you don’t mind! Random Idiot #4 asks, “What makes you such an expert?” Duh! He’s an oil guy! They know everything!
The Valdezes escape the throng. They tell Hank they believe him and are coming with him. Shelby and Kay also appear. A quick, nonsensical stare-tag game breaks out, which Hank loses by looking away instead of at another character. Findly and Conti also break free from the crowd. They load Conti into the back of Brian’s pickup, thoughtfully slamming his blistered back against the front of the bed. Hank tries in vain once again to get more people to come. No one else will, so finally they start off.
From her room, Nikki watches the group leave. Bob walks in and she asks him where they’re all headed. “To get killed,” Bob says. Nikki mentions Shelby’s unusual goodbye, saying she’d never seen him act like that before, you know, hammy and all. She says it was like he was looking at her for the last time. Bob tells her they’re in no danger. You think Bob’s in denial?