We start tonight with young Paul tied to a tree next to Berto’s dead body as Primo snaps a Polaroid of the situation for young Paul’s mother, presumably as proof of life, and well…death. Primo runs off to his uncle’s shack and finds him chatting with his trusted accountant. Aren’t they supposed to be mafioso? They certainly are not living large.
Meanwhile, Paul the eldest is walking with a couple of leashed dogs and his number one lady of the house, Penelope, and pondering whether or not the gardener, Dennis, is gay. He seems to suspect Penelope is getting laid somewhere else. She complains about the other women. He tries to placate her and she turns to go in the house. He unleashes the dogs on Dennis noting that “he certainly runs like a queer.” A few days later, Bullimore goes to check on the gardener. He invites him in for a beer. Dennis appears to give him some sort of puzzle. It’s a list of flowers. Dennis says they all might have something in common. Bullimore is perplexed. I am not. I believe the list is of deadly flowers. As in flowers so poisonous they can kill you. Perhaps Dennis is planning to make a tea for old man Getty? And sparks were definitely flying between Bullimore and Dennis.
Primo takes the Polaroid to his cousin, a lawyer who is clearly terrified by the sight of Primo. He is instructed to take it to young Paul’s mother. The poor cousin is going to have a nervous breakdown before this is all over. First, he calls Gail and she doesn’t believe him because he has no proof and hangs up on him. Then he calls the paper and they seem really disinterested in the news.
There is an interesting breakfast at Sutton Place where The eldest Getty gets news of the ransom note and opts to send the same form letter he sends to everyone who sends him sob stories asking for money. And we find out that the rest of the harem knows Penelope is screwing the pilot. This means Getty probably knows as well, because harem girls are cutthroats.
Earlier in the day, Paul and the translator bonded while fishing. The translator is the only one of the captors that speaks English. He’s really not down with the kidnapping and really wasn’t down when he was forced to bury Berto’s body. He’s pretty much a captive like young Paul. Primo returns to the hideaway and he has brought Paul some coke. Something tells me there is a motive behind this and it will probably be gruesome. Once Paul is feeling good, Primo tells him to tell a story. He tells a story about a dog and a horse on the top of a cliff illustrated with shadow puppets. He ends the story with, “That’s All Folks!” What they got from the story is the name of Paul’s dogs. Then. they called the Gail to set up a meet at a movie theater. She calls the Eldest Getty and he refuses to speak with her. He tells his assistant that Gail is a nuisance and Fletcher Chase can deal with her from here on out. At the theatre she is given the photo and freaks out.
When the photo makes it to Sutton Place, Fletcher Chace verifies with Old Man Getty that the photo is real and he knows who the dead guy is. Finally convinced that the kidnapping is not a hoax, he sends Chace back to negotiate.
Gail takes the photo to the two girls that lived with Paul. She wants to know who the dead guy is. How does she live in Rome and not know Berto? The girls say nothing, but the girlfriend has a change of heart and goes to the police and gives a signed statement. The cop advises her to get the hell out of dodge and go home to Germany because she is putting her life in danger.
When Penelope wanders home, she asks what the counter offer is. Old Man Getty let’s her know it is $600 plus “expenses.” That’s because anything over $600 under Italian law is extortion. This way, the kidnappers get some money, and he can say he did not pay a ransom. This really makes no sense though because he was willing to pay an entire suitcase of money the first time Fletcher went over. I suppose that was before things were made public.
Back at the mountain side camp, young Paul, his captor and the translator are lying around like three lizards on a rock. Paul tells the translator, Angelo, that if he makes it out of there he is going to marry his girlfriend. He asks if Angelo wants to be his best man.
When the nervous lawyer calls Primo with the counter offer, Primo has been out ordering the most expensive booze in the bar for everyone in the bar. He’s spending a lot of money he doesn’t have yet. Dejected, Primo stumbles back to the camp site to find all three guys drunk by a campfire. Things get out of hand and Primo beats up one of the guys. Then says to put Paul back in the barn. Once the do that, the dreaded shovel comes out again. Primo says they need to kill Paul tonight and end this. He leaves to go buy gas and expects it to be done by the time he is back. Once again the captor makes Angelo dig the hole. Then ,he tells him to go get Paul. Earlier at the fishing hole, Paul could have killed this guy and he didn’t. He seems to be thinking about that. The translator goes to Paul and says, “We need to get out of here.”
Next week: It appears that they don’t get too far and negotiations continue.