Scene 1: Mark-To-Market Party, 1992
A party in a small office at Enron. Present are: Employees drinking champagne; Claudia Roe, a very attractive blonde woman of forty in a short skirt. She sticks close to the most powerful man in the room – Ken Lay, an easy, convivial man in his sixties, greeting and acknowledging every employee with practised southern hospitality; Andy Fastow, a nervy, lupine guy in his thirties, is circling with an unsettling grin.
Fastow is on the outskirts of the group of Employees, trying to ingratiate himself.
Roe Oh, thank you so much.
Lay and Roe glide by this group, despite Fastow's outstretched hand.
Roe Should we expect a speech from you, sir?
Lay magnanimously greets another couple of starstruck employees. He's like an avuncular politician.
Roe Jeff Skilling. I don't know where he is.
Outside the party, Skilling straightens his suit, his hair. He looks like a bespectacled, overweight, balding accountant. He takes a deep breath.
He enters the party and finds himself a drink for confidence.
(noticing Skilling)There he is.
Roe goes over to collect Skilling.
Fastow strides over to introduce himself to Lay.
Roe Jeff, come over – Ken Lay.
Roe (sarcastic) 'Hi, how are you.' Ken Lay.
Roe drags Skilling over to Lay.
Roe Ken –
Lay slaps Skilling on the back.
Roe That was cropped from a profile in Forbes.
Roe I'm surprised you read Vogue.
Roe I don't recall.
Roe Number fourteen.
Roe We were talking mark-to-market.
Roe This new accounting system, Jeff, you think it's worth celebrating?
Roe I'm not an accountant.
Roe Yes. But we are a gas and oil company.
Roe And it's very much appreciated.
Fastow exhales and glances at the group of employees who had teased him.
Roe It's not a celebration of ignorance, Jeff, it's a party.
He takes it upon himself to clink his glass to get everyone's attention. It's a surprise. Any speech would be deemed to be Lay's job.
Skilling turns and walks back to Lay, Roe and Fastow.
Roe Nicely done
Skilling downs his drink.
We see projections of the joys and stability of the 1990s.
Bill Clinton, the break-up of the Soviet Union, Microsoft, the Internet and the rise of the home computer and Intel, Friends, Nelson Mandela's election, images of Arnie in Terminator 2.
An Employee comes forward to speak to us.