Push, Nevada
The Amount

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Calling from The Great Northern (er, I mean, "Martha's Boarding House" something something), Jim rings a number and a voice answers, "IRS." He bids Grace hello and asks how she's doing. She replies that she's "fine" in the way that totally means, "My boss is out of town, I have ninety IM windows open and I'm one square away from breaking my own lifelong Tetris record including college and if I have to do one thing for you right now it's going to totally break my concentration. Otherwise, fine." He asks if she can connect him to "Ira," and we cut to two silhouetted figures in a room watching twelve monitors. A male voice switches over to the Exposition Network, letting the woman and us know, "He's calling his supervisor." The woman tells him to "record the call. Notify Waller." Bodnick is dialing as well, and we flip over to that call. Something about the fax. The woman observes, "Bodnick bores me. Go back to the Fed." Bores him? See, it's lines like that. Wouldn't you imagine these super-spies who have access to every conversation in town could just as easily listen to both calls than rationalize their way from one essential conversation to another with the transition "Bodnick bores me"?

Meanwhile, Jim tells this "Ira" that "we're gonna need a lot more than me. I think we're gonna need a lot more than the IRS. My investigation began two days ago when I received a fax." A nifty super-fast montage of Jim's last two days fly through in about three seconds, and we have the blank filled in that Jim went to the library and went through the history of the town. But something peculiar happened when he got to the microfiche. Doesn't it always? And that something is, in short, this: in the mid-80s, the town of Push was almost totally bankrupt, until an LLC named Watermark Consolidated buys the Versailles, and within six months, a dozen seven-figure payoffs occur, a new police chief is hired, and -- this is my favorite part -- the per capita income increases from "$12,426 per household in 1983 to $44,444 in 1985." Then, no more data. All files on Watermark LLC are closed by direct order of the attorney general. Ira, at a cock-eyed angle, tells Jim to forget about it and come home. "We'll grab an Arby's or something!" That's ringing endorsement enough. Ira hangs up the phone, and we pan back to see two toughs facing Ira as he sits at his desk. He looks up at them with concern: "So what's gonna happen now? Nothing bad, right?" This portion of Push, Nevada is brought to you by Arby's! Grab an Arby's…or something!

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