The Green Ring Conspiracy, Part 11
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Connie goes hiking with Penny as Whit becomes concerned about her potential connections to the Green Ring. Katrina gets into trouble trying to help Buck, and Matthew and Emily try to find the money before it's too late.
The auction is starting and everyone is in place. Whit wonders why Archie's men stopped at Trickle Lake Concrete, but Detective Polehaus doesn't seem to think much of it. Whit gets a call from Monty Whittaker to say that Derk is out of his coma. He plans to sneak into Derk's room and get some info, and Whit asks him to ask Derk about the numbers they found in the backpack and in the cell phone. Whit starts to mention that the Stiletto is in town, and then Monty hurriedly hangs up the phone because the nurse is coming back.
Mr. Skint tells Buck Oliver to stay in the trailer during the auction, afraid that the police would connect Buck with him. Skint leaves and then Katrina Meltsner enters intending to save Buck. Buck tries to get her to leave, but Katrina tries to get him to realize that he can make better decisions than the ones he has been making. Katrina tries to get him to come with her, and then Skint comes back. Skint says that she has to stay around, and proceeds to bind and gag her.
Monty sneaks out of his room and into Derk's. Monty tells him he has his phone and tells him to explain the numbers. A nurse comes in and tries to get Monty to leave. Monty tells Derk that the Stiletto is back and then leaves as the nurse requested.
Matthew Parker and Emily Jones found some articles that mysteriously enough pointed out that counterfeit money always seems to show up soon after Uncle Archie's Carnival has been in town. Matthew did a search on Uncle Archie and found a picture of him with Benjamin Trask on the day they opened a company call The Consolidated Arts Company. Matthew also did a search about Trask's work history. Matthew sends Eugene an email. Upon reading the article Eugene calls Mr. Whittaker right away.
Eugene tells Whit that Trask was a printer and engraver from the US mint. So Trask has the knowledge, experience and the means to carry out The Green Ring scheme. Eugene mentions that he's worried about Connie because she is spending the day with Penny. He thinks that since she made the poster for Dr. Trask that it's possible that she is in on the scheme as well. whit says he'll give Connie a call.
Penny and Connie are still on their hike. Penny brings up the idea of starting their company again, and says that Trask is willing to help it get started. Connie gets a call from Whit, he tells her about Trask being in on the scheme and maybe Penny could be too.
Whit and Polehaus are talking at the auction. Whit tells him about Trask, and Polehaus doesn't seem surprised. Polehaus is more concerned about the auction how no buyers are getting more than one thing and is convinced that it's rigged.
Connie and Penny start heading back upon Connie's insistence. Wooton jumps out of the bushes and surprises them. Connie forgot about meeting Wooton, and still insists they go back. Penny doesn't want to take another step without knowing what is going on. Connie decides to tell Penny about Trask and his involvement with the green ring. Wooton joins them and Penny says she knows a shortcut that will lead them to the truth.
Buck starts to leave from the trailer, and Katrina says something that he can't make out. Buck takes the gag off so she can talk. She tries to convince him that he still has a choice. She tells him that she will pray for him everyday. Buck tells her that when it's all clear he'll let Eugene know where she is. Buck slips the gag back on her and leaves the trailer.
Polehaus and Whit watch as they move the trucks out. They try to figure out how the money will get on the trucks.
Penny leads them to Trask's property where Penny intends to get the truth from Dr. Trask. A man meets them telling him Trask has a house on the other side of the property. Skint comes up from behind, and Penny recognizes him as the one who commissioned her to do the poster. Skint has Mr. Dosh draw his weapon, and has him take them to a bunker.
Polehaus gets word that there are 8 trucks going out of town that won't pull over.
Wooton and Penny decide to have their picnic in the bunker. Connie is more concerned on how to get out. They see that the money is hidden in the bunker where they are, so Wooton figures someone will be back. The door opens and Skint orders the boxes to be moved. Dr. Trask comes in as well and talks to them. Penny asks how he could do all this, and Trask's answer is more focused on the millions of dollars he'll be getting. Trask says that they can't let them go, and that they'll be moved with the money in a different method than on the roads.
 Discussion Questions
- Why did Penny Wise get upset when she learned what Dr. Trask had done?
- What could Penny have done differently?
 QuotesJohn Whittaker: Detective, I've been thinking about Trickle Lake Concrete.
Don Polehaus: Yeah? And sometimes I think about large balls of lint.
Don Polehaus: Do you smell that?
John Whittaker: Smells like popcorn.
Don Polehaus: That's the smell of victory, which also smells a lot like popcorn!
Wooton Bassett: You know, I once met a man who was wearing the same exact shirt as me, and he stole my backgammon board.
Wooton Bassett: You know, a friend of mine in Alaska had a bunker just like this one.
Connie Kendall: That's great! So how do we get out?
Wooton Bassett: Oh, we can't. That door is the only door in or out. Would you please pass the potato chips, Penny?
Wooton Bassett: I know! This is a job for Captain Absolutely!
Connie Kendall: No, it isn't.
Wooton Bassett: Alright.
Jebidiah Skint: Maybe I was being too hasty Mr. Dosh. Draw your weapon please.
Mr. Dosh: Sure.
Penny Wise: I can draw weapons.
Wooton Bassett: That wouldn't be a water pistol would it?
Mr. Dosh: Fraid not.
Penny Wise: See, she can't even take a hike without the boss calling.
Connie Kendall: What???
Penny Wise: Ooh, must have been a lot of money in that drawer.
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