Enron by Lucy Prebble

Scene 5: Skilling's House, October 2006

Daughter watches an Enron commercial on television with no sound. Eventually –
The Lawyer lets himself into Skilling's house.
Slowly, eerily, she rises to face him, stares at him.
She walks away from him, leaving the room.
Eventually Skilling enters in his robe, drinking a Diet Coke and eating a Twinkie.
Skilling Hey.
Beat.
Skilling No.Thanks for coming to the house.
Skilling Are we going to talk about the appeal?
Skilling Oh.
Skilling Which they may do –
Skilling Twenty.
Pause.
Skilling Let's talk about the appeal.
Beat.
Skilling You believe me, don't you?
Beat.
Skilling Not my wrongdoing.
Skilling Doing. Doyng. Wrongdoyng!
Skilling Oh those fucking guys –
Skilling Ha!
Skilling I told my daughter I was innocent. I believe I am innocent.
Skilling Being innocent makes me innocent though, right?
Skilling The state's regulations were a mess.
Beat.
Skilling Took advantage of that. Are you kidding me? Took advantage of …! That's what we do. In business, you buy something at one price, you sell it at a higher one and what's in between, that's your advantage. Which you take. That's how the world works. If you want an objective morality present in every contract, you're living in a dream. You know how difficult it is to get five people in a room to agree anything? The only way I can be sure I can trust a contract is cos every party's in it for themselves. So when you ask, 'Did we take advantage of that?' … you know what I hear? I hear, 'Do you make a living, do you breathe in and out, are you a man?' And I know that the only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren't smart enough to do what we did.
Skilling I get that! I've lost everything. This is my life! I'm a captain of fucking industry!
Beat.
Skilling None of them fit.
Skilling Andy broke my goddamn heart. Ken'll never go that way.
Skilling What? Blame Ken?
Skilling (snorts) You're going with that! You're going with the guy's closer to death …?
Skilling And then just go on like before …
Skilling's home phone begins to ring. He makes to answer the phone.
The Lawyer answers the phone.
Skilling But that makes us look guilty.
The Lawyer listens.
Skilling You don't think that makes me look guilty?
The Lawyer hangs up.
Skilling tries to process the news.
Skilling How?
Skilling I know what it means. It's just me.
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