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NORM GUNDERSON
They announced it.
MARGE GUNDERSON
They announced it?
NORM GUNDERSON
Yeah.
MARGE GUNDERSON
So?
NORM GUNDERSON
Three-cent stamp.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Your mallard?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh, that's terrific.
NORM GUNDERSON
It's just a three-cent stamp.
MARGE GUNDERSON
It's terrific.
NORM GUNDERSON
Hautman's blue-winged teal got the 29-cent. People don't much use the three-cent.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh, for Pete's sake. Of course they do. Whenever they raise the postage, people need the little stamps.
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MARGE GUNDERSON
So do you remember getting a call last Wednesday night?
SHEP PROUDFOOT
Nope.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Well, you do reside their at 1425 Fremont Terrace?
SHEP PROUDFOOT
Yep.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Anyone else residing there?
SHEP PROUDFOOT
No.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Well, Mr. Proudfoot, this call came in past three in the morning. It's just hard for me to believe you can't remember anyone calling. Now, I know you've had some problems, struggling with the narcotics, some other entanglements, currently on parole...
SHEP PROUDFOOT
So?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Well, associating with criminals - if you're the one they talked to - that right there would be a violation of your parole and would end with you back in Stillwater. Now, I saw some rough stuff on your priors, but nothing in the nature of a homicide. I know you don't want to be an accessory to something like that. So you think you might remember who those folks were who called ya?
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LOU
The last vehicle that the trooper cited was a tan Ciera at 2:18 AM. Under the plate number, he put DLR - I figure they stopped him or shot him before he could finish fillin' out the tag number... So I got the state lookin' for a Ciera with a tag startin' DLR. They don't got no match yet.
MARGE GUNDERSON
I'm not sure that I agree with you a hundred percent on your policework there, Lou.
LOU
Yah?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah. I think that vehicle there probably had dealer plates. DLR?
LOU
Oh... Geez.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Say Lou. Did ya hear the one about the guy who couldn't afford personalized plates, so he went and changed his name to J3L 2404?
LOU
Yah, that's a good one.
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MARGE GUNDERSON
[repeated line] Mind if I sit down? I'm carrying quite a load here.
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MARGE GUNDERSON
Okay, so we got a trooper pulls someone over, we got a shooting. These folks drive by, there's a high-speed pursuit, ends here, and then this execution-type deal. I'd be very surprised if our suspect was from Brainerd.
LOU
Yah.
MARGE GUNDERSON
And I'll tell you what, from his footprint he looks like a big fella... [bends over]
LOU
See somethin' down there, Chief?
MARGE GUNDERSON
No, I just think I'm gonna barf.
LOU
Geez. You okay there, Margie?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah, I'm fine. [stands up straight] It's just morning sickness. Well, that passed.
LOU
Oh yah?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah, now I'm hungry again.
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OFFICER OLSON
Hiya, Norm. How ya doin' Margie? How's the fricasse?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Pretty darn good, ya want some?
OFFICER OLSON
No, I gotta - hey, Norm, I thought you were goin' fishin' up at Mile Lacs?
NORM GUNDERSON
Yah, after lunch.
OFFICER OLSON
Ah.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Whatcha got there?
OFFICER OLSON
The numbers y'asked for. Calls made from the lobby pay phone at the Blue Ox. Two to Minneapolis that night. First one's a trucking company, second one's a private residence. A Shep Proudfoot.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Uh-huh... A what?
OFFICER OLSON
Shep Proudfoot. That's a name.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh. Yah, okay, I think I'll drive down there, then.
OFFICER OLSON
Oh, yah? Twin Cities?
NORM GUNDERSON
Oh yah?
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MARGE GUNDERSON
Mr. Lundegaard?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Huh? Yah?
MARGE GUNDERSON
I wonder if I could take just a minute of your time here -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
What- What is it all about?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Huh? Do you mind if I sit down? I'm carrying quite a load here. You're the owner here, Mr. Lundegaard?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Naw, I... Executive Sales Manager.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Well, you can help me. My name's Marge Gunderson -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
My father-in-law, he's the owner.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Okay. Well, I'm a police officer from up Brainerd investigating some malfeasance and I was just wondering if you've had any new vehicles stolen off the lot in the past couple of weeks? Specifically a tan Cutlass Ciera?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Mr. Lundegaard?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Brainerd?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah. Yah. Home a Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Babe the Blue Ox. [laughs]
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah, ya know we've got the big statue there. So you haven't had any vehicles go missing, then?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Nope. No, ma'am.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Okey-dokey, thanks a bunch. I'll let you get back to your paperwork, then.
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MARGE GUNDERSON
[On the phone] No, I'm leavin' this mornin', back up to Brainerd.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Well, I'm sorry I won't see ya.
MARGE GUNDERSON
But ya think he's all right? I saw him last night and he's -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
What'd he say?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Well, it was nothin' specific he said, it just seemd like it all hit him really hard, his wife dyin' -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
His wife?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Linda.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Who?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Linda Cooksey.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
No! No. No, they weren't - he, uh, he was bothering Linda for about, oh, for a good year. Really pestering her, wouldn't leave her alone.
MARGE GUNDERSON
So, they didn't...
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
No. No, they never married. Mike's had psychiatric problems.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh. Oh, my.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Yah, he's been struggling. He's living with his parents now.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh, Geez.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Yah, Linda's fine. You should call her.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Geez. Well... Geez, that's a suprise.
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MARGE GUNDERSON
Mr. Lundegaard? Sorry to bother you again. Can I come in?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Yah, no, I'm kinda - I'm kinda busy here.
MARGE GUNDERSON
I understand. I'll keep it real short, then. I'm on my way out of town, but I was just - Do you mind if I sit down? I'm carrying a bit of a load here.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
No, I -
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah, it's this vehicle I asked you about yesterday. I was just wondering -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Yah, like I told ya, we haven't had any vehicles go missing.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Okay, are you sure, cause, I mean, how do you know? Because, see, the crime I'm investigating, the perpetrators were driving a car with dealer plates. And they called someone who works here, so it'd be quite a coincidence if they weren't, ya know, 'connected'.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Yah, I see.
MARGE GUNDERSON
So how do you - have you done any kind of inventory recently?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
The car's not from our lot, ma'am.
MARGE GUNDERSON
But do you know that for sure without -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Well, I would know. I'm the Executive Sales Manager!
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah, but -
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
We run a pretty tight ship here.
MARGE GUNDERSON
I understand. Do you do a count, or what kind of a routine do you have here?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Ma'am, I answered your question!
MARGE GUNDERSON
I'm sorry, sir?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Ma'am, I answered your question. I answered the darned... I'm cooperatin' here! And, I...
MARGE GUNDERSON
Sir, you have no call to get snippy with me, I'm just doing my job here.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
I'm... I'm not arguing here! I'm cooperating. So there's no need to... we're doin' all we can here.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Sir, could I talk to Mr. Gustafson?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Mr. Lundegaard?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Well, heck, if you wanna - if you wanna play games here! I'm workin' with ya on this thing, but I... Okay, I'll do a damned lot count!
MARGE GUNDERSON
Sir? Right now?
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Yah, right now, you're darned tootin'! If it's so damned imporant to ya!
MARGE GUNDERSON
Well I'm sorry sir.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Ah, what the Christ!
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh for pete's sake, he's fleeing the interview! He's fleeing the interview!
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LOU
[voice from cop scanner] His wife. This guy says she was kidnapped last Wednesday.
MARGE GUNDERSON
The day of our homicides.
LOU
Yah.
MARGE GUNDERSON
And this guy is who?
LOU
Lundegaard's father-in-law's accountant.
JERRY LUNDEGAARD
Gustafson's accountant.
LOU
Yah.
MARGE GUNDERSON
But we still haven't found Gustafson.
LOU
[crackle] ...looking...
MARGE GUNDERSON
Sorry, didn't copy that Lou.
LOU
Still missing. We're looking.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Copy. And Lundegaard too.
LOU
Yah. Where are ya, Margie?
MARGE GUNDERSON
Oh, I'm almost back. I'm driving around Moose Lake.
LOU
Oh. Gary's loudmouth.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Yah, the loudmouth. So the whole state has it, huh. Lundegaard and Gustafson?
LOU
Yah, it's over the wire, it's everywhere, they'll find 'em.
MARGE GUNDERSON
Copy.
LOU
We've got a -
MARGE GUNDERSON
There's the car! There's the car!
LOU
Whose car?
MARGE GUNDERSON
My car! My car! Tan Ciera! Tan Ciera!