The first minute or two of my recording was knocked off. I start in Rome with one of the mobsters telling his wife that the ransom deal has been struck followed by Fletcher Chase supervising a whole lot of money counting.
But before we get to all that we have a flashback to middle Paul flying to Italy to see his father for the first time in years when young Paul was about four or five. Old Paul takes them through is private museum and teaches the boy the finer points of crucifixion. As one does. At dinner Old Man Paul teaches baby Paul how to make shadow puppets. It seems Old Man Paul was quite fond of baby Paul. I suppose that was the entire point of the flashback. Middle Paul and his father were in a good place then. He wasn’t even that mad with Old Man Paul when he through Young Paul off the dock to teach him to swim. Sidenote, my father had a brother who I think had one are and his father taught him to swim the same way. The sink or swim was kind of popular back in the day. Young Paul swam. Paul going to work in Saudi makes me sad. I backed out of a teaching job there once and I regret it deeply.
As it turns out, Paul Jr. is not sent to Saudi but gets a branch management type job in Italy. Paul Jr.’s first job is to randomly fire ten longterm employees. Old Man Paul gives his son no direction and discounts every decision and business plan he comes up with. Paul went nuts and started going on drunken rampages in the house. Gail has an affair. Old Man Getty fires Paul Jr. for drinking and drugging. His open marriage also crumbles. Paul Jr. sank. Most all of this is captured on film by Young Paul, thus the title of the episode. The Kodachrome was the fancy home movie camera. Young Paul is upset by the new man in his mother’s life.
Finally, we see Paul get the news that he is going home. Just when I think they are going to move the story forward, we are back in the 1960s. I am worried I won’t find out how Bullimore is doing in this episode. This time we are meeting Paul Jr.’s next conquest. His second wife died of an overdose. He was beside himself and called his father for help. Old Man Paul says he will help him once he is off drugs. He tells him to stop calling him.
After fifty-four minutes, we are finally back in present day at Sutton Place and Old Man Getty is out skeet shooting. Old Man Paul finds out that his favored side piece, Penelope is boinking the pilot. Old Man Getty has her inheritance lower to one single dollar.
In this version of the story, Old Man Paul decides to give Paul Jr. the ransom money. Paul Jr. goes to meet with Old Man Paul. When Paul Jr. hears that Old Man Paul is going to pay the ransom out of the trust, he is thrilled. Until he finds out that he is going to have to pay him back with interest. Old Man Paul is going to make a profit off the kidnapping. Paul Jr. freaks out and tears up the loan contract. Fletcher goes to see Gail to tell her the deal is off. She’s been making a cake this whole episode. It’s young Paul’s birthday. Paul realizes that from the newspaper in the car where he and Primo and the grave-digger or waiting to make the exchange. When he realizes that no one is coming he tells Paul it is also his death day.
That was a good episode, but I really missed Bullimore. I also wanted to know what the pregnant mistress decided. I also worry Old Man Paul might make the pilot disappear. I just wanted things to move forward and instead it went back.
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