Next, we see a car driving near a ravine, which leads down to the dry L.A. river.
Jake's spying on it with binoculars from a distance. He sees Hollis Mulwray get out and briefly chat with a boy who rides up on a horse. Mulwray then inspects the dry riverbed at the bottom of the ravine.
Jake follows Hollis's car in his own, and spies on him using the car's side mirror. He sees Hollis go down to the sea and stare off into the ocean.
Jake waits until it gets dark, and Hollis still remains out there. Suddenly, a previously dry water pipe sends out a coursing gush of water, which runs down to the sea.
When Jake gets back to his car, he sees someone has put a campaign flier on his car, urging him to prevent L.A. from dying of thirst, voting to approve the engineering project to bring water to the city.
Jake places a stopwatch under the tire of Mulwray's car.
The next day, back at his office, Jake holds the broken watch and notes that Mulwray was out there all night.
Jake's assistant shows him photos he took of Hollis Mulwray getting into a big argument with an older gentleman. The assistant, Walsh, says he only managed to make out the word "apple core." Jake's disappointed.
Jake gets a tip about where Hollis is, and follows him out to Echo Park (also in L.A.). Jake and an assistant sit on a boat on a pond in the park and photograph Hollis as he paddles by on a pleasure boat with another woman (not his wife).
Jake follows Hollis to a patio and takes a picture of him kissing the girl, though he knocks off a tile on the roof where he's standing and almost attracts their attention.