The Green Ring Conspiracy, Part 4
At Whit's End, Connie greets Eugene as he is bringing in boxes for Katrina. She is going to start tutoring in the spare room next to Whit's office. In between trips to the car Eugene and Katrina are talking to Connie about events that occurred the day before and Connie is completely lost as to what is going on. Katrina has Connie make them some tea and then they'd explain everything.
Whit wakes up Monty with breakfast in bed. Whit tells Monty what he knows, and Monty proceeds to say that he can't trust Agent Tanner. He tells Whit that he is not part of the ring, but that someone on their team is and they betrayed him and almost got him killed on the plane.
Agent Tanner goes to the station and talks with Detective Polehaus. He says that there was $100,000 worth of counterfeit money of the highest quality. He also says there was finger prints on the plastic wrapping the money; They were Monty's and Derk's fingerprints and a partial unidentified one. They discuss the next step that needs to be taken. Polehaus is going to check out a paper mill in Connellsville. And Tanner is going to drive to Connellsville to check on the pilot.
Mr. Skint drops Buck off near Whit's End. And Skint tells Buck that he has an idea to drop off a bunch of "incriminating evidence" off at Haggler's Junkyard in order to make Polehaus more suspicious of Wally. Buck gets out and heads to Whit's End.
Back at Whit's house, Monty tells Whit more about what happened. he tells him that they stopped in Odyssey at Trickle Lake to get a sample of the counterfeit money. Upon Monty's request Whit and Monty decide to go to Trickle Lake with Monty riding in the trunk.
Buck goes in to Whit's End, and Eugene tells Buck that they would like to interview him for the job and that Katrina would do the interview. Eugene leads Buck upstairs to meet Katrina in the spare room next to Whit's office. Katrina asks standard questions, and then gives Buck an aptitude test for him to take.
Polehaus goes to the paper mill to check on orders placed for the special paper used by the counterfeiters, fibertouch132. He meets the manager Andy Jackson. Andy tells him that a publishing company in Odyssey called Green Ring Publishing ordered it and paid in cash. He said the man was an older fellow with long hair and a beard. The old man drove a pickup truck and had a young boy with him. Polehaus leaves after getting his needed information.
Monty and Whit arrive at Trickle Lake and look around at dock C because that's where Derk and Monty met their contact. Monty tells Whit what happened at their meeting. The man had long hair and a beard, thin and wiry. The man had a key to the boathouse, and pulled out a backpack with the money. He insisted that they put the samples in Derk's backpack instead of swapping. Monty and Whit broke into the boathouse to have a look around. They find the backpack that the man had used to transport the samples. It was empty except for the outside back pocket which held a disk with hearts drawn on it. Polehaus enters exclaiming that they are both under arrest.
Eugene walks up to Connie as she is sketching a pepper shaker knocked over on its side. Connie tells Eugene about Penny's idea of starting a replica business. Then Katrina and Buck come downstairs and Buck leaves. Eugene tells Katrina that she seems concerned about Buck. Her reason is because when she mentioned she needed his guardian to sign a form he looked worried. He wanted to take it with him to have it signed at home, but Katrina decided she wanted to meet his guardian. She said Buck went pale and said he would see what he could do.
Polehaus tells Whit and Monty that they can either tell him what is going on or go with him to the station. Monty explains what happened after they left Trickle Lake. He and Derk went back to the plane where Derk got a call. Derk then changed the flight plan from Chicago to Atlanta. He assumed his cover was blown. Right after the plane took off Derk pulled his gun on him. Monty made a move for the gun, and the gun flew under the seat. Derk opened the door and tried to throw him out. Derk tried to hit Monty with the backpack and it fell out of the plane. Derk grabbed the gun, Monty jumped for it, the gun went off, and the bullet hit the dash board. The pilot lost control and tried to land in Gower's Field where they crashed. Polehaus is convinced that Agent Tanner is the one that tipped Derk off, so he's not going to turn him in to her. They leave Trickle Lake together.
- Who is trustworthy in Odyssey right now?
- Read Matthew 7:15-20. How can we know who to trust?
- This is a main episode in The Green Ring Conspiracy (Saga).
- In one scene, John Whittaker says that there was a situation with counterfeit money a few years ago. This is a possible reference to #182: “The Scales of Justice”, where Isaac Morton was at Gower's Field and found a plastic bag with $2,000 (which later turned out to be fake, as Rodney discovered when he tried to use it to buy a motorbike).
QuotesJohn Whittaker: Good morning, Monty.
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: Good morning, Grandpa.
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: Did you happen to get the number of the truck that hit me?
John Whittaker: It wasn't a truck, it was Gower's Field.
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: We were told to come to Dock C at Trickle Lake. I didn't realize you had more than one dock.
John Whittaker: Well, things have changed since you and I came up here to fish.
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: Have you ever heard of counterfeit dollars in the area?
John Whittaker: We had a situation a few years ago, but that didn't lead to anything.
Monty Whittaker-Dowd: Maybe it's connected, maybe not.
Connie Kendall: Why does everything happen when I'm gone?
Eugene Meltsner: My wife Katrina will conduct the interview.
Connie Kendall: She will?
Eugene Meltsner: Oh, indeed. She is a very good judge of character.
Connie Kendall: Apart from who to marry!