5 Dollars a day


Crab cakes.

Your favorite.

Trying to bribe me,

Mr. Martinez?

It's not a bribe.

It's a hot meaI.

Fryer's still leaking.

How's your girlfriend?

He said he was

going to fix it.

I tell him, but he keeps

blaming everything on me.

If you downgrade us,

he's gonna fire me.

See you tomorrow.


He wants to see you.



Can I just say something?

If this is about

the crab cakes-

It's not.

Seems your resume

failed to mention

a certain 11 months in jaiI

four years ago.

You've done

a good job here.

But we have a responsibility

to the public trust,

and you broke that trust.

I guess I did.



Are you expecting someone?



Are you bribing me?

Well, yeah, okay.

All right, it's a little bribe.

# If I had the time to solve

the mystery of your crime #

# you know I would #

# If I had to shape the form

of your mechanicaI design #

# you know I would #

Oh, my God.

What are you doing to me?

You can't play this song.

Don't tell me

you don't like this song.

Turn it off.


Turn it off.

All right.

Don't move out.

I already moved out.


Take the keys.

No, I don't

need the keys.

I have another copy of them.

You can keep them.

After two years,

you know what I know about you?

I know two things

about you:

You take steroids

for dust mites.

It's for my allergies.

And you grind your teeth

when you sleep.

That's why

you get headaches.

That is-

that is not-

that's not true.

You know me. That's not true.

I've told you tons of stuff.

Nat called.

I told you-

He said he's your father.

He's pretty chatty for a dead man.

I- I never said he was dead.

Yes, you did.

Well, he's dead to me, so...

Your name's not even Flynn.

Yes, it is.

All right,

Flynn's my last name.

Hey, hey.

Maggie, I don't know

what kind of stupid stories

he's been telling you,

but whatever it is,

it's got nothing to do with us.

It's him.

He's toxic.

What did he want?

He called to borrow money,

right, collect?

I bet he was

reaI charming too.

That's how he works.

He pulls you in.

He makes you

feeI sorry for him.

And before you know it,

he's in your pocket.

Don't talk about him like that.


He called to say

he was dying, Richie.

He isn't dying,

and don't call me Richie.

Why would he say he's dying

if he isn't dying?

Because it's the only card

he has left to play.

You don't understand.

He isn't dying.

He's Iying.

Like father,

like son.

I'll take the boat.


It's good to see you.

So welcome to my casbah.


You like boats.

I taught you to motor a boat.



Of course,

out on the harbor.

That was Uncle Al.

Al was in Rikers

from that chop shop deaI.

No, it was Al.

You're right.

You don't look sick.

Thank you.

You're llstenlng to...

One second.

WNJ, New Jersey's home

to the tlcket glveaway.

The flrst caller

who gets through

wlll wln two tlckets

to the sold-out 50 Cent concert.

Golng to the flrst caller

to say, "I love WNJ. "

Caller, you're on the alr.

Thls Is Nat Santos,

and I love WNJ.

Congratulatlons, Nat.

You just won two tlckets

to the sold-out 50 Cent concert.

Hold on.

We'll get your Info.


Can we get your name

and where to send the tlckets?

Yes, Nat Santos,

P.O. Box 981,

Atlantlc Clty.

Thank you.


Santos, huh?

It's one of my aliases.

They have restrictions

on how many times you can call in.

Don't shake your head.

Know what I can scalp

these tickets for?

Cut my overhead

for a month.

So you sit here all day

trying to win

freebies off the radio now?

When did you know me

to sit around?

I got things to do.

How about you?

Stlll behavlng yourself?

Yeah, I'm trying.

Two tlckets golng out

to the flrst caller

who can correctly Identlfy

thls band.

Duran Duran.

Spandau Ballet.

Duran Duran.

Spandau Ballet.

Is It Spandau Ballet?

Spandau Ballet Is correct.

You just won

two tlckets to the-

You're right.

What am I doing here, Nat?

I can't remember the last time

you called me Dad.

You told me you were dying.

You're obviously fine.

So what is it you need me for?

Want me to help you rig a bingo game

at a golden age club?

That's so mean.

I don't do bingo anymore.

Since when?


you get out.

I got a rotten egg

inside my head.

It's a tumor.


inoperable, and growing.

It's preoccipitaI,

is the medicaI

mumbo jumbo.


Me too.

You hungry?

I could use

a cup of coffee.

Let's go.

So what are you

up to these days?

Are you working?


I'm a health inspector.


Is that good?

How do you do that?

Well, I'm the guy who makes sure

there's no mouse turds in your salad

when you go to a restaurant.

That's good.

What? This is the coffee?


Help yourself.

I need you to drive me

to New Mexico.

There's a treatment

down there,

some kind of experimentaI

holistic thing.

They dunk you in mud,

do chanting.

I don't know.

They need volunteers,

so I get a freebie.

Maybe it's

a waste of time,

but I figure,

what the heck?

Won't take

more than a week, tops.

A week?

Are you serious?


I'm not taking you.

Why can't you

drive yourself?

Drive myself?

This thing's

messing with my vision.

Why can't you get

somebody else?

Don't you have any friends?

None that I don't owe money to.

So take a plane.

You got all those vouchers.

Why don't you use them?

Doctor says altitude's bad

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