His reverie is broken by the arrival of Trip Genovesiano.
Dennis ponders this for a few moments. Trip is smart enough to keep his mouth shut. Dennis kicks an empty beer can into the fence, then reaches a decision.
TRIPYou couldn't find a nicer spot?
DENNISYou couldn't be on time?
TRIPI feel like a criminal, meeting like this.
DENNISYou are a criminal.
TRIPHey, hey hey! I'm a legitimate businessman.
DENNISSo how come you told me this had to be so secret?
TRIP'Cause the business I'm discussing ain't as legitimate as I am, okay? And if you didn't know that already, you wouldn't have picked this pisshole to meet in, so let's cut the shit and get down to it. I represent certain parties that have an interest in seeing you succeed in your land grab.
DENNISIt's not a land grab. That land belongs to my people.
TRIPYeah, yeah. Whatever. The point is, once you got that land, we're interested in partnering up on a gaming venture.
DENNISWhy would I want to partner up with you?
TRIPYou know who I am?
DENNISYeah. You're Lucky Genovesiano's kid.
TRIPSo then you already know why.
DENNISBecause you'll break my legs if I don't?
TRIPThat's an extremely unfair and insensitive statement. I think I deserve a little better than a racial stereotype from a bastard redskin like you. We don't bash kneecaps no more, we get you where it really hurts -- your credit rating. You don't play ball with us, I can guarantee you no computer in the world is going to approve you for so much as a car loan, let alone enough scratch to build a casino. But I digress. I'm not here to make you an offer you can't refuse, I'm here to make you an offer you're going to like.
DENNISI doubt it.
TRIPThere's nobody knows the gambling business like us. We been in it 50 years, and we're deeper in it than anybody else, despite what the Nevada Gaming Commission thinks. We can guarantee that your venture is a success, we can put together all the financing you need, and we can save you twice as much in tax-free skim as we're gonna cost you.
DENNISAnd exactly what will you cost me?
TRIPFifty percent. Right down the middle.
DENNISWe don't sell real estate for beads and trinkets anymore.
TRIPLook. I'm a hairdresser, okay? Not some old-time paisano with a corkscrew for a fist. You don't want to treat me with respect? Fine. I'll just go back to my salon and dye roots. But my father ain't as reasonable as me. He don't get what he wants, he'll send a palooka down here to play "She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not" with your extremities.
DENNISYou don't scare me.
TRIPLike I said, I'm just a messenger. You don't hear me? He'll send someone louder. You're going to get the message no matter what. The question is, how many bones is it gonna require?
DENNISThere's nothing you can do to me that comes anywhere near the torture my people have suffered at the White Man's hands for 400 years.
TRIPYeah, I've noticed you suffering all the way to the bank with your little tavern. But let's not lose sight of the main thing here. We can help you make money. Even at 50%, you're going to make more money with us than without us, I guarantee it.
The two men shake hands, but it is clearly an empty gesture to seal the deal. There is no love lost between these two.
DENNISOkay. No promises, but I'll meet with your old man to discuss it.
TRIPI'll set it up.