Jack drives around for a long while thinking of his plan,which is to shoot Willie Mink in the gut, then put the pistol in his hand tomake it look like a suicide.
He walks into the motel room and finds a guy sitting in
Budweiser shorts and staring at a television. It's definitely Willie Mink. The
dude's brain is completely fried from taking Dylar.
Jack wants to find out where Willie keeps his stash of Dylar
before killing him. It's clear he still wants to use the pills on himself.
Willie chomps down handfuls of the pills as if they're
candy. He keeps repeating fragments of the stuff he's heard on TV. After a
weird, drawn out conversation, Jack shoots him in the gut.
He pulls Willie into the bathroom and puts the gun in his
hand. The only problem is that Willie ain't dead. He shoots Jack in the arm
while Jack's leaving.
When the pain of the bullet goes through him, Jack realizes
he can't leave Willie to suffer and die.
He loads Willie into the car and takes him to a nearby
hospital. It turns out that Willie's going to make it. Jack gets his own arm
fixed up in the process.
At the hospital, he strikes up a conversation with one of
the nuns working there. He asks her about God and the afterlife. But she says
she doesn't believe in the afterlife.
Jack is a religious cynic, but this news crushes him. The
nun tells him that religious people only pretend to be religious so that people
like Jack have something to look down their noses at. The truth, according to
the nun, is that skeptics and cynics wouldn't know what to do with themselves
if there were no spiritual people left. They'd have to confront how empty the
world really is.
Jack insists that there must be someone in the world who
still believes in heaven. The nun shakes her head in disgust. She tells him
that death is the end of everything and that's that.
Jack returns home and parks his neighbors' car back in their
driveway. The seats are completely covered in Willie Mink's blood, but