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.
(to Roe)I loved your speech, by the way.
Employee 2 Really great speech.
Employee I beg your pardon?
Lay and Roe glide by this group, despite Fastow's outstretched hand.
Employee 2 Oh, the accounting system.
Employee We just came down for the champagne.
Employee 2 Tastes kind of sweet.
Employee I don't know!
Lay magnanimously greets another couple of starstruck employees. He's like an avuncular politician.
Employee 2 What do you mean?
Employee No idea.
Employee 2 Never heard of him.
Employee Maybe you'd get on(!)
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.
Employee You should go talk to him!
Employee I think you should.
Employee You go, girl(!)
Roe goes over to collect Skilling.
Employee 2 You're a son of a bitch.
Employee (Who is that guy?!)
Fastow strides over to introduce himself to Lay.
Roe drags Skilling over to Lay.
Lay slaps Skilling on the back.
Fastow exhales and glances at the group of employees who had teased him.
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.
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.
Employee 2 (to us) The nineties. It's a time of little conflict internationally, the fastest growing economy there has ever been. And the fashions are pretty good too. There's a new administration; a president who plays the saxophone. He's a Democrat, but he understands the South.It feels – genuinely – like the most exciting time to be doing business in the history of the world. There's a feeling that the people who are gonna change things aren't in parliaments or palaces, but in corporate boardrooms all over the United States of America.