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Minute 091: Missing Some Dynamite

December 05, 2016

Guest Host: Peter J. Regan

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel with the new name of the hotel written on a bedsheet and draped over the sign with the old name of the hotel, thank Peter. He’s a long-time veteran of the hospitality resort industry, and makes sure your hotel experience is something to rave about on TripAdvisor. When he’s not complaining about the size of the bath towels, he’s expounding on what’s wrong with movies. Mark and Jim have known Peter since high school, and he’s always been like this. Except for the bath towels part. That’s new.


Mel is interviewing Inez Guerrero about her husband in his office. Tanya sits next to Inez.

“I mean,” says Mel, “what was he in the hospital for?”

“He, um, was sick,” says Inez. She looks away from Mel.

Mel looks at her. “A mental patient?” She nods.

“Mrs Guerrero,” says Mel, “what did your husband do in the Army?”

“He was a demolition expert,” says Inez.

“And I suppose,” says Mel, “in his excavation work, he used explosives?”

“He, um…” begins Inez, then holds her hand up to her face.

“You were about to say something?” asks Mel.

“His last job,” says Inez, “they fired him — something was missing. Some dynamite.”

Smash cut to the blinking SELCAL light on Trans Global Flight Two.

“What we need’s an unlisted number,” says Jordan.

Vern picks up the microphone. “This is Global Two.”

“Global Two, New York” says the New York dispatcher, “We have an important message for you. Advise when ready to copy.”

In this minute

Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingstone
Maureen Stapleton as Inez Guerrero
Gary Collins as Cy Jordan
Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest
Barry Nelson as Anson Harris
Chuck Bowman as New York Dispatcher



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