Charlie (John Cusack) kills Vic (Billy Bob Thorton) because he thought he killed his wife, Gladys. He goes back to his girlfriend, Rusti (Lara Phillips) who is being held hostage by Culligan (Bill Noble) at the strip club. He goes back and finds Rusti tied up, but Culligan in the restroom. He hides and gets the shotgun ready, shoots Culligan in the face, but he is still alive. He stabs Charlie in the foot, but Charlie shoots him again and he is killed. Afterwards, Charlie finds out that Rusti was working with Vic the whole time and were planning to possibly kill Charlie for the money. He kills her and drives off with his buddy, Peter (Oliver Platt).