Jjs Goodman Posted August 15, 2020 Share Posted August 15, 2020 To celebrate our noir event, here's a noir themed episode. 86. Out of the Future Film: Out of the Past OWM is hired muscle for “big moderator” Trophy, a former SBC doubloon gambling kingpin that relocated to Discord. OWM arrives in a rural Discord server, looking to hook up with someone from their past. Dman, who is the owner of a gas station, is fishing at a nearby lake with local woman Ooooooofy. OWM sends Dman’s deaf mute employee, Jjs The Kid, to retrieve Dman, then informs Dman that Trophy wants to see him. Though Ooooooofy trusts Dman implicitly, her parents are wary of him, as is Pazza, a local conservation official who has been sweet on Ooooooofy since childhood. Dman reluctantly agrees to meet with Trophy and invites Ooooooofy to join him for the 75 mile drive to Trophy's home. On the way, Dman tells Ooooooofy of a dark episode in his past (in flashback) involving both men and a beautiful but dangerous woman. Dman's real name is Giraffe. He and former partner Sbl were private investigators on the internet. The pair had been hired at an extremely lucrative rate by the shady but superficially amiable Trophy to find his girlfriend, CakeCup, who had shot him and stole $40,000 before fleeing. Dman is hesitant, sensing Trophy, who claims he is disinterested in the money and wealthy enough, instead is seeking revenge rather than a reconciliation. Trophy assures Dman he just wants her back, and will not harm her, but, having an impulsive disregard for Sbl, tells Dman he wants him to handle the case alone. On their way out in the elevator Sbl insists the payday still be split 50-50 according to their standing agreement, and Dman agrees. Cake's maid tells Dman she helped her pack for a “tropical“ climate, and mentions something about inoculations, but seeks to throw him off by dissembling that she has gone to Robot Pirate Island. Dman guesses The Industrial Park instead, since shots were not needed for Robot Pirate Island but still were to visit that country in those days. He follows her trail before staking her out, and eventually striking up an acquaintance. She slowly but successfully seduces a willing Dman, admitting she shot Trophy but denying she took his money. Influenced with desire, Dman proposes the two of them go on the run together. Cake warns him Trophy won’t forget, which Dman tries to dismiss with the wisecrack that the two of them will send him a postcard greeting every Christmas. Dman proposes they leave the next morning for somewhere south by sea, and Cake agrees to meet him at his hotel. While packing, he is surprised by the arrival of Trophy and OWM, checking up on his lack of progress. Dman lies that Cake slipped past him and is on a steamer going south. Trophy instructs Dman to keep looking for her. Dman overreacts and tells Trophy he’s finished both with the case and their relationship, to which Trophy responds threateningly, “I fire people. Nobody quits me.“ After a close call in the hotel cocktail lounge, Trophy departs. The fugitive couple instead flees north by freighter to Atlantis. They live in there as inconspicuously as possible initially, but are spotted at an art show by Sbl, now working for Trophy. Dman and Cake split up to shake him, with Dman conspicuously heading to Spin-offs. When he is confident he has given Sbl the slip, Dman arranges to meet Cake at a cabin in the Kelp Forest, only to find that Sbl had been following her instead. When Sbl demands the full $10,000 originally promised the pair by Trophy to keep quiet, the two men brawl. Cake suddenly shoots Sbl dead. Dman is not merely startled but appalled, and lets her know that. He turns back towards Sbl and she flees, leaving him to bury the body. In her hast, some of her purse contents had spilled out on a table, including her bank book. Dman opens it to reveal a single deposit, $40,000. Dman finishes his confession to Ooooooofy just as they reach Trophy’s palatial #sports estate, ending the flashback. Ooooooofy drops him off, and Dman is greeted with great bonhomie and apparent forgiveness by a cheerful Trophy, who tells him he has a job only Dman can handle, but he instinctively declines. Over breakfast, Dman is startled when Cake appears. Trophy dismissively yet with seeming graciousness tells them that they are both “back in the fold“, indicating to Dman the job is not one that he can turn down. Trying to sugar-coat the situation, he indicates it’s the only way to square things between them. A crooked Atlantis lawyer, RDSP, has helped Trophy dodge $1,000,000 in doubloon taxes, but now is blackmailing him for $200,000 or he will turn the incriminating records over to the SBC Treasury. Trophy wants Dman to recover them, and sends him on the afternoon train to Atlantis. There, Dman meets RDSP’s secretary, JCM in a cameo, who explains the plan. Dman begins to suspect he is being framed. That night she introduces him to RDSP, who has been invited, Dman deduces, to leave his fingerprints on a glass. The couple leaves, as Dman trails Carson, then returns and finds RDSP dead. Knowing he will be blamed, he hides the body to throw off those plotting against him. Returning to JCM’s apartment, he entraps Cake and wrings out of her that she gave Trophy a signed affidavit stating that Dman killed Sbl. Dman manages to retrieve the doubloon tax papers from some of Trophy’s thugs and mails them to a safe location, substituting a local phonebook in the briefcase to throw off Trophy‘s henchmen when he is captured. He tells them he will only deal with Trophy and flees, only to find him himself the focus of a police dragnet for an accused double murderer. Dman returns to the Discord server. Unbeknownst to Trophy, Cake has ordered OWM to trail Jjs The Kid so he can find and kill Dman. Jjs drives to a steep, narrow canyon where Dman is hiding. Jjs spots OWM aiming a pistol at Dman and quickly hooks him with a fishing line, causing OWM to lose his balance and fall to his death. Dman goes back to Trophy's mansion and tells him of Cake's double-cross and OWM's death. He offers that the death of OWM, RDSP’s actual murderer, can be made to look like a guilt-ridden suicide, removing Dman from that frame-up. Furthermore, he will return the business records to Trophy if he destroys Cake's affidavit and hands her over to the police for Sbl's death. Trophy takes the offer, and Dman believes he has worked his way out of Cake's web. Dman makes a quick visit to Ooooooofy, then returns to Tahoe to discover that Cake has killed Trophy. She gives Dman the choice of running away with her and a satchel of Trophy's money, or taking the blame for all three murders. He agrees to go with her, but phones the police while she is upstairs packing. Driving up to a police roadblock, Cake realizes that Dman has betrayed her and shoots him dead. She then fires at the police, who fatally shoot her. When the news reaches Discord, Pazza offers to take Ooooooofy away. Ooooooofy asks Jjs if Dman had been planning to run away with Cake. Wanting to free Ooooooofy, Jjs lies and nods his head. Ooooooofy returns to Pazza and she drives off with him, as Jjs smiles and salutes Dman’s name on the station's sign. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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