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.
Lay How you doing. Good to see you.
Lay and Roe glide by this group, despite Fastow's outstretched hand.
Lay No, Claudia, I don't think we need ourselves another speech right now. Informality. Colleagues enjoying themselves.
Lay magnanimously greets another couple of starstruck employees. He's like an avuncular politician.
Lay Have I met the mark-to-market guy?
Lay I've only got a half-hour here. Make sure I shake his hand.
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.
Roe goes over to collect Skilling.
Fastow strides over to introduce himself to Lay.
Lay Hi there, you're not Jeff Skilling, / by any chance –
Lay Andy, Andy Fastow.
Lay I make a point of knowing people, son.
Roe drags Skilling over to Lay.
Lay slaps Skilling on the back.
Lay Here's the guy! Jeffrey 'mark-to-market' Skilling. You know Claudia. Our star abroad.
Lay One of the fifty most powerful women, wasn't it?
Lay That's the party I'd like to be at (!)
Lay You settled for fourteenth most powerful woman in the world.
Lay (gesturing to staff) I've been explaining mark-to-market but people get all tied up in knots.
Lay In what sense?
Lay / We know.
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.