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simon, a law professor at columbia university, who is one of the country's top legal ethicists. >> bill simon: i think it draws attention to the fact that lawyers may be playing an important role in money laundering that requires more scrutiny. >> kroft: have you ever seen anything like this before? >> simon: no. >> kroft: never? >> simon: never. >> kroft: what's your overall impression of it? >> simon: any lawyer's going to be uncomfortable about the fact that this was a sting in which someone lied his way into a lawyer's office and secretly recorded statements a lawyer was... thought he was making to a client. that's kind of unprecedented and it's kind of inconsistent with the bar's norms about confidentiality. so i'm a little uneasy about that. on the other hand, i think that the tapes expose conduct of great public consequence. >> kroft: you think it's valuable that the public sees it? >> simon: yeah. i think it's very valuable. confidentiality is for the benefit of the client, not the lawyer. but the lawyers benefit from it,
under the protection of confidentiality is never scrutinized by the public. and lawyers are never accountable for it. so the sting actually brings some accountability to conduct that ought to be accountable. >> kroft: in its own report, global witness includes an opinion from two legal ethicists, including bill simon of columbia. it says that if attorneys marc koplik, john jankoff, and gerald ross had been responding to a real request, their conduct would "not comply with the professional responsibilities of lawyers." it said the attorneys displayed "a cynical and evasive attitude toward law." the ethicists also noted that the rules are vague, and "we do not expect that all lawyers will agree with us." simon put then-a.b.a. president james silkenat and his partner, hugh finnegan, in a different category, even though they provided advice on how to move questionable funds into the u.s. what makes silkenat different from the other lawyers? >> simon: silkenat was quite
illegal conduct. and he even indicated at one point that he would report the client if he found the client engaged in illegal conduct. and then, also, silkenat was fairly clear that he would need more information before he agreed to represent the client. >> kroft: on the other hand, he clearly seems interested in this. >> simon: he clearly seems interested and even a little enthusiastic about it. >> kroft: anything wrong with that? >> simon: well, i find it regrettable, but i... i'm not sure as a professional responsibility authority, i could say it was inconsistent with his duties under the rules. >> kroft: simon says the only lawyer who truly fulfilled the ideals of the legal profession was jeffrey herrmann, who listened to the pitch, decided it probably involved illegal activity, and ended the meeting. >> herrmann: this ain't for me. my standards are higher. i'm not interested. >> kayser: do you... do you know anybody who would be able to do so? >> herrmann: i don't think so, and i wouldn't recommend them either anyway. >> kayser: yeah, yeah.
persons would be insulted. >> kroft: charmian gooch says the point of global witness' hidden camera investigation was not to target or entrap lawyers for bad behavior. the problem, she says, are lax laws and toothless regulations that make it ridiculously easy for criminals to launder $300 billion a year in the united states. >> gooch: this is real public interest information. how are you going to get that out to them if you can't show them what's happening behind closed doors? >> kroft: you couldn't have done this any other way? >> gooch: i think unless the public and policy makers can really see for themselves what gets said across the desk, across the table in a meeting like this, it's kind of hard to really believe and take on board. >> kroft: gooch says there's a simple solution, but it's been politically impossible to achieve in the united states. just ask carl levin, the longtime chairman of the senate's permanent subcommittee on investigation. until he retired last year, he spent years trying to pass a law
collect one additional piece of information from people forming corporations. >> carl levin: one line-- who's the real owner. not who's the agent forming it. not who's the lawyer representing the owner. who is the beneficial owner, the real owner? and it's-it's not at all complicated. >> kroft: but the bill has never made it out of committee, in part because of strong opposition from the american bar association. >> kroft: what's the american bar association's objection to this? >> levin: the lawyers are helping form corporations, and they're afraid, i guess, that if you put a damper on the formation of corporations, that you're putting some damper on legal business. >> kroft: the irony is that the white house, the justice department and the u.s. treasury have been among the world's strongest proponents for cracking down on money laundering. yet the u.s. is one of the easiest places in the world to set up the anonymous companies that facilitate it. >> gooch: it's a heck of a paradox, isn't it? and, you know, i think that the
to get behind the need for regulation, in the way that european lawyers have had to do exactly the same. and i think that you know, it... it's... i think the american government needs to answer that question. >> kroft: global witness may have inadvertently gotten a sassy answer to that question from attorney marc koplik in its hidden camera video. koplik explained to the representative of the phony african minister why he never worried about government subpoenas. >> koplik: they don't send the lawyers to jail, because we run the country. >> kayser: do you run the country? >> koplik: still do. >> kayser: i love it. >> koplik: still do. >> grant: i should say some lawyers run the country. >> kayser: so, you are... you are some of them? two of them? >> koplik: we're still members of a privileged, privilege class in this country. >> kayser: so, how, what does it mean you run the country? it means you? >> koplik: we make the laws, and when we do so, we make them in a
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>> alfonsi: one of the most significant efforts to study changes in the climate has been taking place near the top of the world. it's a place called petermann glacier in greenland, one of the largest glaciers in the arctic circle, and a glacier that has experienced dramatic melting. it is a harsh and dangerous environment, and it has drawn some of the world's leading climate scientists, who are only able to work there a little over a month a year. we wanted to see how that work is proceeding, how they are able
such a hostile place, and what they've discovered so far, so we went to the top of the world to find out. our journey took us 700 miles above the arctic circle to the u.s.' thule air force base in northern greenland, built at the start of the cold war to watch for soviet missiles. it is an alien landscape, home to curious arctic hares and packs of pre-historic looking muskoxs. from there, we flew even further. the destination-- petermann glacier. it's on the northwest coast of greenland, just a few hundreds miles south of the north pole. to get there in a helicopter took us four hours over a rarely seen landscape that is both severe and serene.
qaanaaq, with 700 residents and more huskies than people. locked in by ice nine months of the year, villagers have always hunted seal and narwhal to survive. greenland is three times the size of texas, and 80% of it is covered in ice, but it now loses more ice than it gains in snowfall every year. we saw evidence of the imbalance everywhere-- blue gashes across the ice, rivers of rushing melt water, and the occasional thunderous crack of icebergs dropping into the sea. we still had 300 miles to go, and stopped twice to refuel along the way. these barrels were left behind for us by the scientists who made the trip to petermann glacier three weeks earlier. this is the ultimate self-
middle of nowhere. this will keep us going for how much longer? >> malik jensen: yeah, we can fly two and a half hours. >> alfonsi: our pilots, native greenlanders, kept a rifle nearby at each stop to protect us from polar bears. have you seen polar bears out here? >> jensen: yeah, a lot. so now, it's ready, always safe. >> alfonsi: finally, we arrived at petermann glacier. >> ah, there's the camp. >> alfonsi: and spotted the ice camp below. >> alan mix: great to see you. >> alfonsi: so who did you upset to get put out here? >> keith nicholls: i know-- the gods, the gods. >> alfonsi: keith nicholls is an expert in drilling in remote places. and in terms of remote, this would be really hard to beat. it feels like you're on another planet. >> nicholls: take a walk around here and you can be expecting scotty to beam you up. it is extraordinary. >> alfonsi: nicholls and a team of scientists were drawn to this
part, by these satellite images. in 2010, a chunk of ice four times the size of manhattan broke off. then, two years later, another large chunk came down. the glacier has receded by 20 miles in five years. nicholls and his team are trying to drill beneath it. this is a lot of work in difficult conditions. what do you hope to learn? >> nicholls: what we're trying to learn is how the oceans are interacting with the ice, how they are melting it, trying to predict how in the future that melting might change. >> alfonsi: to drill through the ice, they heated melt water from the glacier to make a hot-water drill to pierce through the 300- foot thick ice. there has to be serious challenges to running equipment like this in this kind of weather. >> nicholls: the biggest challenge is that we've got water and it's very cold. so, if we have water freezing in hoses, that can be devastating for the project.
the coring machine struck the bottom of the seafloor. a half-mile beneath the ice, they made history. it was the first time anyone has ever collected sediment from beneath the ice shelf in greenland. >> nicholls: the ocean beneath the ice shelves is probably the least accessible part of the world's ocean. and just getting access to that is a triumph, frankly, as far as we're concerned. >> alfonsi: the ice shelf extends out from the glacier and floats on the ocean. they believe it acts like a dam, holding back the ice from sliding into the sea. if it goes away, sea levels go up. is there a sense of urgency in the work that you're doing? >> nicholls: sea level rise is the big... the big question that we're trying to get at. and petermann glacier, this experiment here, gives us an opportunity to get at those processes and try to understand the basic physics as to how that can happen. >> alfonsi: our visit to the ice camp was cut short.
called "ice fog" was moving in and could strand us here for days. we high-tailed it back to the helicopter, heading to another outpost of the expedition-- what the scientists call "boulder camp," set up on the edge of petermann glacier. shaun marcott and a team of geologists have been here for weeks, gathering samples from rocks. >> shaun marcott: so, this was probably deposited when the ice was maybe a few hundred to a few thousand feet thicker, and when it was deposited, you're probably talking about maybe 500, 600 feet of ice above us. >> alfonsi: above where we are right now? >> marcott: above where we are now. peterman would've been much larger, and it would've been dropping these rocks all over the surface. >> alfonsi: to the person at home who's looking at you guys just chipping away at rocks and going, "why should i care about this?" >> marcott: we know that if you warm the planet up, glaciers respond, they melt. the question is, at what rate? how fast is that going to happen, and where is it going to
sheet? to understand all of that, you have to understand how the ice sheet... what controls an ice sheet. we need to understand this glacier, so that we can provide a better prediction for the larger ice sheet. that matters to us because of sea level. if these glaciers can respond dynamically, then we should all be concerned, because that can create dynamic changes in sea level and flood infrastructure. and we need to know that for planning for the future. >> alfonsi: we camped out next to the scientists. with 24 hours of light, we slept in these tents under the midnight sun. in the morning, we were shuttled out to meet the "oden," a swedish ice breaker making its way around petermann glacier. the "oden" supports the scientists on land and acts as a floating laboratory. named after a norse god who relentlessly sought wisdom, it's home to more than 50 climate scientists from around the world
their work is funded mostly by the swedish government and the u.s.'s national science foundation. larry mayer is one of the geologists on the "oden". he's using sonar to map the ocean floor, creating the first detailed maps that show how petermann glacier slid into the sea. you can see it, like skid marks of a car at an accident scene. larry mayer: "oh yeah - the ice went here and the ice went there." and we can see it. "oh and it stopped here." >> alfonsi: how much of the world's oceans have been mapped with this kind of detail? larry mayer: oh, probably-- on the order of 6% to 7%. >> alfonsi: six-- larry mayer: very, very little. yeah. you can only make the trip to petermann glacier a few weeks each summer when the ice melts enough to allow passage. >> alan mix: you can see those blocks of ice drifting by. expedition leader alan mix is running the ships coring
sediment from the seafloor. >> alan mix: so actually, the coring site right now is under that block of ice and we just can't get there. so we're trying to drift with the ice and just sort of sneak up on it gently. it's hard to sneak up on anything in an ice breaker. the oden doesn't so much as sail as it does smash the ice like a 13,000 ton hammer. once in position they throw something called a piston corer, like a dart, at the bottom of the ocean. >> oh, that doesn't sound good. go to the next one but we'll hit it with the gravity core. >> alfonsi: a core sample like this is collected inside the ships lab, the multi-year process of investigating those cores begins. what's your best guess? how old is this? >> anne jennings: so the base of this core probably is no more than 10,000 years. anne jennings is with the institute of arctic and alpine
she says each core holds clues about petermann glacier's past. >>anne jennngs: well we didn't really expect to find things living under the ice shelf but we have. >> alfonsi: what have you found? >> anne jennings: this one we've found is called cibicidioides wuellferfstorfi. it has a big name for a little bug. >> alfonsi: easy for you to say! it looks like a little seashell. >> anne jennings: and it is a sea shell but it is a single celled animal. >> alfonsi: that single celled animal, like all living creatures, is made out of carbon, allowing scientists to determine when it lived. which tells you what? >> anne jennings: the age of the sediments. so we can take them the depth scale here and convert it to age. and then we can say, "when did the ice retreat? how quickly did it retreat? was there a lot of melt water coming out? >> alfonsi: you can get all that from what looks like mud? >> anne jennings: yes. >> alfonsi: after a week in greenland, we headed home but the scientists kept working, taking advantage of the final days of the short arctic summer. the 66 core samples they
sea will be studied by scientists around the world for decades. >> peter demenocal: this is the largest core depository in the world. >> alfonsi: peter demenocal is a paleo climatologist at columbia university. he says the cores collected in greenland are like a black box of the earth's inner workings. this one he collected just south of greenland. >> peter demenocal: so this is today's climate and we've had about 10,000 years of relatively warm climate. and then we go ten thousand years in the past - boom, there's the last ice age. this is when long island was formed and cape cod was formed. >> peter demoncal: and you can go on, and you can just find this color. it's filled with these rocks, what we call ice rafted detritus, until this period when - whoa, there's another warm phase. and then another cold phase, and then another warm phase. a short cold phase, a longer warm phase and then - boom, another ice age. and so you've had cold, warm,
>> alfonsi: how do we know that the warming we're seeing now, how do we not know it's part of this warm, cold, warm, cold? >> peter demenocal: that's a great question. these transitions are gradual. and kind of almost like a tide wave or something. and this transition, when you get to today, goes boom. suddenly very warm. >> alfonsi: demenocal says the cores pulled from petermann glacier will fill in a crucial piece of the climate change puzzle. how impressive was it that they got to petermann glacier? >> peter demenocal: it's impressive. what's more impressive is that we haven't been there every year and that we're not going-- not doing this every year. we should be doing this-- we should be monitoring this whole system with much greater focus than we are now. >> alfonsi: how quickly have we seen the changes in greenland? >> peter demenocal: the changes that are happening right now as a result of human activities are remarkable. and they're happening incredibly fast and they're-- it's not only happening fast but it's accelerating. and it's important to really get our mind around what we're
we're not just saying that climate in the arctic is changing. it's changing at an accelerating rate. so basically it means it's starting to melt but it's melting at a faster and faster clip. so anyone who knows what it's like to fall off a cliff, that's what it's doing. >> for our crews photos of the alien landscape plus for more on walter cronkite goes to greenland -- >> the very top of the world. >> -- go to 60minutesovertime.com correspondents rd by lyrica.moving more helps ease fibromyalgia pain. he also prescribed lyrica. for some patients, lyrica significantly relieves fibromyalgia pain and improves physical function. with less pain, i feel better. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away
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i'm definitely putting middlebury on my list. vermont is really cold in the winter. which is why i also have ucla on here. hollywood, baby. (laughs) elizabeth: for the first of, i'm sure many times over the next couple of years, i have to ask, what is wrong with uva? yeah, you are a legacy... twice. yeah, i got my degree and met the love of my life. see? greatest twofer ever. mm-hmm. you should consider georgetown. i'm really happy there. okay, thank you, mccords, but i would like to go out of state and blaze a new trail. i know, but do you have to blaze all the way to california? yeah. hey, jason, you'll consider uva, right? we need another wahoo in the family. (laughter) okay, the nickname itself is reason to cross it off the list. i'm not going to college, so... and may i ask why?
it's a student debt factory that imparts no real wisdom or skills. it's a racket. that's what i thought, too, until i actually got out in the real world. we already have a college fund all set aside. college expenses will outpace anything you've saved. do you really want to mortgage your retirement so i can extend my childhood for four years going to keggers and pledging a frat? now, that's a good point. when you put it that way. how much is in the college fund? a lot. enough so that we could sail around the world? heck yeah. because i've always wanted to see the galapagos islands. yeah, heck, we could go on... you're making fun of me. a little bit. you know what? i don't have to take advice from you, professor. first, you were a puppet for big business, and now you're working for the military-industrial complex. how's that for a twofer? well, on the upside, if he does change his mind, i think he's landed on a great topic for his application essay. elizabeth: oh, don't tell me. is that the famous east africa corruption report? the one and only. it's finally finished?
454 pages of raw excitement. we've run the most recent changes by treasury, commerce and the cia. all that's left is for the white house to sign off. you know, these interdepartmental task forces seem like a good idea, until you realize how many people need to approve of it before you're finished. oh, i ordered pizza from romano's last night, the delivery guy is concerned about our reliance on anti-corruption agencies. i have concerns about their crust being too doughy. does this report have a title yet? "corruption in east africa and its negative impact on u.s. competitive advantage in the region." that's catchy. see, i wanted, "china wins because they bribe everyone," but treasury shot me down. ma'am. i have henry on the phone. he says it's about his father. it's important. okay, thank you.
what happened? i mean, the last time we saw him, he-he seemed fine. maureen found him this morning. at first she thought he just overslept. he must have died during the night. probably a heart attack. (chuckles) he always said he wanted to die in his sleep-- quick and painless. yeah, but not yet. he was too young. he called me about a week ago. just to catch up. had a nice long talk.
oh, look at you. come here. hey, aunt maureen. good to see you, elizabeth. maureen, nice to see you. i'm so sorry about patrick. thanks. ah, it's been a rough morning, but you're a bright spot in a terrible day. oh. three suvs, huh? i'll have to tell the mourners that parking is at a premium. security protocol. you know, in case someone wants to shoot her. come on, kids, help me out, would you? thanks, kid. good to see you. all right. can i get anybody anything? oh, we're good, thanks. kids, i can make sandwiches. elizabeth: we actually ate on the road. maureen, will you come and sit down? you're just making everybody nervous. dad, can we go watch tv? sure thing. no. girl: please? it's family time.
erin, if you finally decide to have kids of your own, you may find there's more to it than giving in to them all the time. i teach history to high schoolers. i'm an expert in knowing when a teenager needs to get up and get the heck out of the room. okay, go. go, you guys. go ahead. um, i think i'm gonna take a walk. i'll come with you. dad, i'll see you back at your place. later. well, now the grown-ups can talk freely. henry and elizabeth haven't heard your news. oh, yeah. um, me and stacy are separated. oh, gosh, shane, i'm sorry to hear that. i really liked her. me, too. we just jumped in too fast. maureen: oh, that's what happens when you get married before the ink on your last divorce is even dry. wait, who's this? i don't recognize her. maureen: that's debra, dad's new girlfriend. wow. on the mantel. it must be serious. maureen: oh, i wouldn't know.
not with mom so recently gone. maureen, mom's been dead for four years. well, i still feel her presence in this house. now they're together in heaven. want to bet the old man's up there giving st. peter a piece of his mind? demanding better conditions and overtime pay for those hardworking angels. (maureen laughs) well, maybe we should try and get in touch with her. well, if by we, you mean me, i have got enough on my plate, thank you. maureen, henry and i can definitely help. what do you need? um... there's the obituary to write, and, uh, i have an appointment tomorrow at o'flynn and sons to prepare for the service. i can go with you to that. somebody needs to go to the precinct today to sign the paperwork. i can take care of that. oh, it's detective michael swanstrom. he was here this morning. he knew dad from church. of course, dad hadn't been in a while. he only went to make mom happy. (henry chuckles) so, do you want me to pick up dinner? god, no. people are already dropping off casseroles. we'll have more food than we know what to do with. i'll help you clean out the fridge, make some more room. oh, elizabeth, would you do me a favor? sure.
i... just can't go in there. of course. it's weird, all of us being here without him. i'm very sorry for your loss, mr. mccord. thank you. i have some information about your father. about the way he died. wasn't it a heart attack? um... based on evidence i found at the house, i asked the m.e. to run a toxicology screen. your father died of a barbiturate overdose. what? he didn't take drugs. there was an empty prescription bottle of hydrocodone in the bathroom trash can. hydrocodone is a painkiller.
he refilled it yesterday morning. are you saying he took all of them? isn't there another explanation? i'm afraid not. your father's death was a suicide. you take my breath away... so i thought i'd return the favor. at jared, we only sell one piece of jewelry for valentine's day... the one that puts your heart in her hands. and it's waiting for you...
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i saw him every day. i mean, he was never down. never. he was just himself. daddy'd never let on how he was really feeling. that just wasn't his way. that's true. even when he was forced off the union board, it took him years to tell us about it. that... that broke his spirit. maybe he was sick? henry: i called dr. peterson. other than the heart condition, he was in good health. they made a mistake. our dad would never do this. it is a mortal sin.
everybody knows about depression and what it can do to you, even the catholic church. i'm sure father benedict... you will not tell father benedict about this. no one outside this family is to know anything about this. you're being unreasonable. am i? forget about our friends and family for a second. dad was the father-in-law to the secretary of state. i mean, do you want all our business all over the tabloids? oh, no, i-i don't think that they would... what, it's not important enough to make the news? oh... forget it. tom, let's go. i... where are the kids? geez. walked home an hour ago. good night, tom. night. i'm glad you're here. someone has to put her in her place every once in a while. we're all in shock. (groans) see you tomorrow, okay? yeah, we'll be here. all right. good night. night. (door opens) (door closes) sorry about maureen. babe, the first time you brought me home to meet your family, you said, "i'm sorry about maureen." (chuckles)
she's just like my dad-- no filter. well, speaking your mind is a mccord family trait that you all share. and our kids have inherited. how are they doing? processing, like the rest of us. except maureen; she's firmly ensconced on her sofa of denial. henry, her world has been rocked. they all need to lean on you a little. check on the kids. blake: i say again, what wrong with a fruit basket? no one wants fruit, ever. arrange for bagels, lox, cream cheese, the works, to be delivered for breakfast tomorrow. when we find out what mr. mccord died from, we'll send a donation in remembrance. the best thing we can do right now is keep things running smoothly here so the secretary has all the time and energy she needs to take care of her family.
are we your team? well, you are now. i need you to get to work right away on a new interagency task force. we're not quite finished with the last one. have you read the africa report, by the way? i haven't had the time. i spent the day learning about invasive aquatic species. what are invasive aquatic... little buggers coming over from asia and europe, overrunning the north american oceanic ecosystem. what do you mean, like squid? are you mocking me, son? no, i would, i would never mock. you think terrorism is the only threat to our american way of life? wait till the australian mollusk arrives and sets up house. with no natural predators, all the river mouths in the gulf of mexico will be completely clogged. or when the poisonous east indian algae bloom covers the pacific coastline, good-bye crab season. coastal and marine fisheries are a $70 billion business. do you think we can afford to lose that?
i want a report to congress before the weather turns warm. most of these critters thrive in a balmy climate. well, the secretary is out of town. i heard, but there's no time to waste. epa can deliver the science. state and commerce need to jump on the international maritime angle-- crack down on smugglers, ramp up cargo and hull inspections. otherwise, these invasive species will just keep coming and the u.s. fishing economy will grind to a halt. okay, we're on it. i want an update in the morning. should i call the secretary? not yet. found this in the garage. it's labeled "important papers." it's got the will in it, this note that says, uh, he doesn't want a wake. what? yeah, he says it's a waste of time and expensive alcohol. good. who wants to see grandpa laid out all... (croaking) he's dead, john, not a zombie. come on, guys.
everything's split evenly between us kids. oh, here's the, uh, his burial insurance policy he got from the union. i will get that obituary over to the paper. i'm j-just gonna say that he passed away. father benedict asked if, uh, someone was gonna speak at the service. well, that's up to you. well, i'd... be too emotional, too sappy. dad would hate that. i thought you might like to do it. i don't think that i'm the guy to get up and talk about dad. maybe erin or shane. if you change your mind... i won't. we're expected at the mortuary at around 11:00. i'd offer to drive, but, um, i suppose your security detail will still want to follow us through town. for the last time, it's protocol. (laughs): well, it's fine. i mean, maybe everybody will think dad's funeral has started early and fall into line behind us. it won't be so bad, maureen, i promise. there's lots of legroom,
not going to a prom. going to find a coffin for my father. i'll come along, too. maureen: i'll get my coat. (quietly): thank you. 20 gauge protective steel with a poplar veneer. gloss coffee finish, and an oyster crepe interior. grandpa wouldn't want something showy and overpriced. my father-in-law was a man of simple taste. he was cheap. say what you're saying. this one is a gloss cambridge finish, with swing bar hardware. it's $1,500. maureen, what do you think? mm. let's talk about our life's glory package. prayer cards, a memorial book. (whispers): uh, a word with you. excuse me. can we reconsider cremation? absolutely not.
elizabeth: well, this isn't really for grandpa, baby. it's for us. you know, so that we can feel like we've given him a proper good-bye. we have a bit of a problem. uh, mr. mccord allowed his insurance policy to lapse four months ago. so none of this is covered. i'm afraid not. yeah, you know what, let's just... ...we'll put it on my card and we'll figure it out later. (sighs) hey, john wants to heat up a cheeseburger casserole and contact grandpa on the ouija board. oh, great, when you reach him, ask him what the password is for his computer. why are you trying to go on grandpa's computer? i was just thinking, you know. why'd he do it? what made him so sad that he wanted to end it like that. leave everything. leave us.
i figured she might be able to tell us something, so i did an image search on my phone to try and figure out her last name. and? (sighs) her name isn't debra. it's janet nelson. she's not from pittsburgh. she's an actress from l.a. this photo was pulled off of the internet. something isn't right. okay. here's his password. classic old person trick. mm. what a day, wow. so your dad's insurance policy lapsed, so i gave them my card, of course, which annoyed maureen, holy smoke. babe, the kids went through dad's computer. they found something. what do you mean? (sighs) about seven months ago, he joined a dating site. a woman contacted him. said her name was debra. said all the right things. they had all the same interests.
she was out of town working on some investments. let me guess, she couldn't come home until all those issues were settled. so, he offered to help out with a loan. how much? i don't know the total yet, but there are e-mails on here from the bank. first it was about cash transfers, then about taking out a line of credit on the house. it was everything he had. 50 years of hard work and doing without. it's all gone. (sighs) he couldn't see a way out. we were a way out. we could have helped him. your dad admit that he'd been swindled? call his children and ask for money? live out his life like a burden. it wouldn't be like that. no. but to him it would. i know, but... i never thought his pride would mean more to him than his family.
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mmmm, yoplait. (cell phone rings) where are you? well the squirrels are back in the attic. mom? your dad won't call an exterminator... can i call you back, mom? he says it's personal this time... if you're a mom, you call at the worst time. it's what you do. if you want to save fifteen percent or more on car insurance, you switch to geico. it's what you do. where are you? it's very loud there.
look, i spoke with detective swanstrom and you know, he was sympathetic, but... (sighs) the truth is, most of these scams are perpetrated in other countries. maureen: well, then you're talking to the wrong person. i mean, hell, you're sitting next to the secretary of state. other countries is her business. erin: could you do anything, elizabeth? pull some strings? i wish it was that simple. well, make it simple. call the president. say it's protocol. the thing is, that the state department doesn't really handle these kinds of things. what my wife is too polite to say is that what you're asking her to do is unethical. elizabeth is always saying she wants to help. we need help. maureen... drop it. why can't...! well, like shane was saying, you're not counting on that money, anyway. (doorbell rings) hey, guys. maureen. oh, thank you. we're so sorry about patrick. maureen: you remember stan and barry, right, guys? henry: oh, hey. hey, guys. they worked with dad on the union board.
i'll send you the e-mail address that i want tracked and, i'm, uh, i'm hoping that oliver shaw can recommend someone. are you sure there's nothing else i can do for you, or your family? thanks for holding down the fort. i'll talk soon, okay? (phone beeps off) any room left in here? no, um, but we can find some. and we were downtown, visiting the guys-- bar, was it mellon center? sure was. yeah, your dad sees a welder we knew, leaving for the day. the guy doesn't have a coat on. says, he gave it to his kid, 'cause he couldn't afford a new one. your dad takes off his own coat... it was vicuna, i remember. ...and he just gives it to the guy. that's so like him. well, we aren't going to take up any more of your time.
they were always telling each other to take good care, but i guess sometimes there's nothing to be done. we just assumed he took a heart attack. was it something else? the truth is... he was in a bad place, and he couldn't reach out for help. what henry means is that our dad was in a bad place because he was so sick. maureen, if we can't talk about how he died, then we won't be able to mourn him. our dad took his own life. (all groan) i'm so sorry. well, thank you. it's been very difficult. and i hope it doesn't change how you remember him. no. of course not. thank you so much for coming.
we agreed. no, maureen, you insisted. i'm not gonna treat this like some shameful secret. i'm not gonna lie about our father. can't you keep your high-and-mighty mouth shut for two seconds? but no, everything just has to be done your way, like we don't count. hey, pot, you and the kettle are looking a little black there. stay out of this, shane. no. you don't get to decide for the rest of us what we can feel or say. yes, i do, because i was here every day, taking care of mom, taking care of dad. i live across town, erin's ten minutes away... yeah, but you were never here. maybe sunday dinners, the super bowl. i cleaned the toilets. i cooked the meals. i took care of him. if you took such good care of him, maureen, then why is he dead? erin, don't. no, i am sick of her lording everything over me! can we get past this? no, you are already past this! you and elizabeth breeze into town visiting us on your book tour, waving to us from the motorcade. just don't think that puts you in charge now, just because she can put the funeral on her credit card! what's this now? it was just a temporary fix. i'm just trying to help. trying to one up all of us like usual. you know what we call her. queen elizabeth.
we're not stupid, maureen. we're not deaf! i never called her that. i didn't! i didn't! but she did! nobody should be calling her that! when you took up with elizabeth, you changed! that's enough! turning up your nose at us "yinzers," acting like a new man with a fancy degree and a rich wife! you are way over the line, maureen! you guys are screaming so loud we can't hear the tv. what's going on? we're having a family discussion. yeah, but it's over. come on, kids. if it makes you feel better, we'll leave right after the funeral. blow into town, turn everything upside down, then blow right back out again. what else is new? oh, you... (door slams) anna thinks you need a phd to do your own taxes. so we brought in dr. michael littman to help explain to anna the complexity behind her refund. so, you're getting this refund because your son is a qualifying dependent, and that makes you eligible for the child tax credit. ah...i can see that.
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