It is the next morning, just after Lee's game of golf with Saul. Saul likes Lee's story so much that as part of his advance money he has given Lee his own golf clubs and bag, which Lee proudly carries with him. Austin is absolutely flabbergasted, though for the moment happy for his brother's quick success. Austin demands a run down of the exact events that transpired in the deal. After Lee explains that Saul gave him a verbal guarantee, Austin reminds his brother that nothing is certain until it is in writing. Lee, however, does not need a contract because he gambled with Saul on the back nine of the golf course. He won, and Saul agreed to produce the movie.
Austin gets champagne from their mother's refrigerator to celebrate when Lee matter-of-factly explains that Austin will get a very good fee for writing the script. Austin explains that he does not have time to write both Lee's script and his own. Lee, however, tells his brother that Saul has decided to drop Austin's project. Austin, in disbelief, demands to know everything that Saul said on the golf course. Saul said that Lee's story was the first authentic western to come along in many years. At the news of Saul's apparent mistake, Austin becomes furious and insults Lee's contrived story idea. So unbelievable is Saul's preference for Lee's story that Austin begins to accuse Lee of physically harming Saul. Lee firmly denies that any physical violence was necessary and takes personal offence to the suggestion.
Austin continues his accusations, and Lee lunges at him with a golf club. He stops short, holding the golf club over Austin's head. Lee sits down at the table, and Austin asks a final time if Lee harmed or threatened Saul. Lee indignantly denies the accusation and says that Saul's decision was based purely on his reaction to Lee's story—that and the fact that Lee beat the producer at golf. Austin pleads with Lee to tell him the truth, but Lee sincerely admits to no wrongdoing. Not satisfied with the heartfelt denial, Austin demands to know where Saul is so he can verify Lee's story. When Lee says that Saul is shopping the outline around town, Austin becomes enraged because he wrote the outline, not Lee, and that Saul has no right to peddle the outline without Austin's permission.
Desperate to do something, Austin asks for the keys to the car so he can take a drive and cool off. Lee tells Austin he has nowhere to go, but Austin just wants to drive out to the desert to clear his head. Lee refuses to give Austin the keys, instead telling him to sit down and relax, that the house is the perfect place to get necessary thinking done, and that Austin should start getting used to the fact that from now on they are partners.
Lee's great assault on Austin's career continues. Lee is uncannily successful at sabotaging his brother's screenwriting efforts. In one round of golf he manages to not only secure a screenwriting deal but also to make Austin's contract for the same deal null and void. The question becomes why Lee is trying so hard to ruin Austin's life. Lee came to his mother's house under the auspices of petty theft, but now wants to write a screenplay—an endeavor in which he has hitherto shown absolutely no interest.
In his actions in this scene, Lee is systematically removing his brother from his previously stable life. Screenwriting is a large part of Austin's identity, as his success in the industry is his only proof of having escaped the influence of his dysfunctional family. Lee serves as the reminder that Austin was not as successful at escaping as Austin might have thought. As Lee takes away all the roles by which Austin defines himself, Austin is forced to reconsider his own identity. Austin, however, cannot accept the fact that his beloved screenwriting deal might be taken away from him. He accuses Lee of lying and then of coercing Saul with violence, but Lee is not willing to be insulted by his brother. He may be a thief and a drunk but, so far, he is no killer.
Take a Study Break
Every Shakespeare Play Summed Up in a Quote from The Office
Honest Names for All the Books on Your English Syllabus
Pick 5 Books and We'll Tell You What Netflix Show You Should Binge-Watch This Summer
QUIZ: Can You Identify the Shakespeare Play By Its Most Popular Quote?
Every Marvel Movie Summed Up in a Single Sentence
QUIZ: Are You a Hero, a Villain, or an Anti-Hero?
Pick 10 Books and We'll Guess Whether You're an Introvert or an Extrovert