INT. WIDECOUNTRY HEADQUARTERS LOBBY - MORNING
A pensive Rudy sees Sammy enter the lobby, then the elevator,
so he quickly wedges his hand between the doors...
INT. WIDECOUNTRY ELEVATOR - SAME
And enters. They share a smile.
I hear Peak Framework is on
schedule. Mitch reports great
things about you.
Yeah, Mitch, uh...we need to talk
INT. SAMMY'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER
Rudy follows Sammy to his privileged, colossal office with
ocean views, stunning art on the walls, and photos of Sammy
Sammy notices that a picture of the Shah of Iran posing with
some members of his entourage catches Rudy's eye.
On the far left, my father, just
two days before a firing squad
knocked on our front door. Lucky
for us we left an hour earlier.
Things can change very fast in
life...for the better, and for the
They both think about that for a moment, then Sammy
So...what about Mitch?
Rudy breathes deep, about to enter uncharted territory.
He fired Kevin Flanagan.
Well, let's be honest...you owe me
one. I knew he wouldn't last, but
I did it for you...as a favor.
Rudy thinks twice about moving ahead, but he has to.
Flanagan saved my life in Iraq. I
trust him. Mitch demanded that he
bypass the workflow system on a
bogus loan app.
Sammy changes his tone. Now he's pissed.
You're telling me Mitch would
purposely violate our protocols?
I can't speak for him. But when
Flanagan refused, Mitch fired him.
Sammy believes Rudy and considers his next move. This give
Rudy a chance to continue.
And did you know that Mitch is
filling this shop with Indian
workers and it's not legal.
So now you're a lawyer?
Hell no, but I saw Mitch at a talk
given by a lawyer named Larry
Finkel. He's an expert at scamming
the H-1B system with cheap
Why are you concerned about this?
Your job is safe.
I'm not worried about my job,
Sammy. Mitch is putting
WideCountry in jeopardy.
Sammy leans back in his chair and eyes Rudy calmly. He
considers the different outcomes. Thirty years of business
in one of the most cutthroat markets has prepared him for
this. He dials his phone and waits a moment.
MITCH (O.S. ON SPEAKERPHONE)
Good morning, Sammy!
Mitch, I need to see you in my
MITCH (O.S. ON SPEAKERPHONE)
Be right there, boss.
Sammy moves closer to Rudy.
You're sure you saw Mitch with this
Sammy pulls on his face, very upset.
This company is my child. But it
comes with enormous challenges.
Managing people is the biggest.
You can never be sure what they're
thinking. How do you keep them
happy and productive?
Mitch has been with me since day
one, and he's never been a problem.
Suddenly, a smiling Mitch walks into the office. His smile
disappears when he sees Rudy.
Sammy cuts right to the chase, very pissed.
Why did you fire Kevin Flanagan?
So now Mitch looks to Rudy, very pissed.
You knew he wasn't any good, Sammy.
I had enough of his bullshit and...
Mitch is unnerved, so he takes a moment to gather his
When he was insubordinate, I had
just cause so we aren't exposed.
How exactly was he insubordinate?
Mitch delays a long beat again to consider his response. He
can't lie to Sammy.
He refused to bypass the loan
origination workflow on an app I
needed done immediately.
That could put us at great risk.
Mitch knows he's in a jam, so he takes a deep breath and
tries to turn the tide.
Why is Rudy here, boss?
We should discuss this in pri...
Sammy cuts him off.
Are you systematically staffing
this place with Indian programmers?
No. But our ROI with them has been
I'll give you that, Mitch, you know
how to choke the chicken.
Our relationship has reached it's
inevitable conclusion. Leave the
Rudy stands there stunned, as Mitch slinks out in disbelief.
Sammy smiles at him.
And Rudy, I know it's sudden, but I
need you to assuming Mitch's job.
Peak Performance is at a critical
I'll do whatever it takes, Sammy.
Sammy nods, knowing he will.
You have to figure out how we can
work around the usual red flags on
some sub-prime loan apps.
Low credit scores, old
bankruptcies, repos, high debt to
income ratios, no money down...they
can all sink an application. And
that's money out of our pocket!
But money has never flowed easier
in the history of America. Lenders
want to lend, and borrowers want to
borrow, and we're not going to stop
them! Instead, we have to make it
easier for everyone.
I'll get it done.
I know you will, Killer.
They shake hands as the events create a tighter bond between