Scene 9: Party Like It's 1999
Flashes from cameras.
A media event becomes a party filled with Employees, Press and Analysts. It's a financial love-in.
Skilling is being photographed for yet another magazine cover as the dynamic CEO changing the world. The Photographer is beneath him to make him look impressive, god-like.
A Reporter interviews him.
The Reporter flirts a bit.
The stock price goes up.
Skilling is approached by Lay.
Congresswoman Such a creative atmosphere. I'm thrilled to meet you, you're the expert in energy trading, right?
Congresswoman Well we're all just thrilled to be here. I don't know how you're doing it, but keep on doing it.Split Scene.Beneath:
Fastow's lair is revealed. He is finishing constructing LJM, the huge construct that has been designed literally and metaphorically to 'support' the level above it, Enron.
Fastow, dressed in an even more dandyish fashion, is in his element.
He takes calls on his phone. He's hugely in demand.Hi you're talking to Andy Fastow, Chief Financial Officer to the stars. Hey Rex, you fuck, you know how many other divisions are begging for help with their numbers right now?! You're gonna have to hold. Lou baby, don't tell me 'bout your numbers now – hey, I know those targets were unhittable, I know that. But you gonna take those losses? I didn't think so!Hold on, I got another one. Yeah yeah yeah, you love me. No I'm not going up to the party. I leave my office, the whole world falls apart, you know what I mean? Don't worry. Everything's developing nicely down here.
Concerned Employees approach Skilling.
Skilling slaps the employee on the back. He turns back to the press interview.
Lay applauds. The Employees are congratulated and sheepishly proud. The stock goes up hugely. Reaction is ecstatic, like a religious cult. Skilling is messiah-like.
A huge party: absurd, luxurious, delusional, the peak of bull-market excess. Skilling shakes hands with everyone, is treated like a movie star.
Just then, Roe makes a grand entrance to the party. Never one to be outshone, she is on a Harley motorbike, dressed entirely in leather.
She shows off the back on which is stitched 'ENRON'. Whoops of celebration. She removes the helmet, revealing herself, and shakes down her hair. Everyone loves it and all attention is lavished on her.
Roe turns on the party's big event – the lighting up of a huge neon display welcoming in the new year: 2000.
Fastow turns slowly around to see the other two Raptors have also taken corporeal form and have crept into LJM.