At this point, it is unclear what actually happened on the golf course. Lee's story seems extremely implausible, almost as bad as the outline he wrote, which Saul apparently loved and considered the most authentic thing he had read in years. Saul's judgment serves as an easy criticism of Hollywood: when the representative of Hollywood in the play has terrible taste, then Hollywood itself is a failed organism. In this regard, Shepard points out a dichotomy between what is real and what Hollywood thinks is real. For Saul to think Lee's outline is not only good but also the most authentic outline he has read in years means that the values held in Hollywood are absurd.

Furthermore, the violence merely hinted at in the last scene become acutely real here. Lee takes a golf club and raises it above Austin's head, but stops it the top of its arc, just showing Austin what can happen if he further crosses the line. On a symbolic level, Lee's deal-making abilities represent Lee's half of the creative artist. Indeed, Austin would be totally incapable of showing as much chutzpah. Although he has absolutely no real experience in the industry, Lee has the smarts and charisma to immediately sweet-talk Saul into canceling Austin's deal. Though each brother can be seen as representing one half of the creative artist, Lee is actually bringing the deal to the both of them, so that they can both work on the project. When Lee relates the fact that Saul is busy trying to sell Lee's outline around Hollywood, Austin lodges the protest that he himself—not Lee—wrote the outline. This is technically true, as Austin is the one who does the actual typing. However, Lee is the one with the ideas and the means to get the script into the right hands. This small detail reflects their roles in the creative process: Lee is the idea man, while Austin is the executor of the idea.