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Forget it, Bill. It's Chickentown... (39.50)

Wags: You intend to kill a few hundred thousand chickens?

Dollar Bill: They're getting killed anyway. This just accelerates the process, that's all.

Wags: That's a good point.

Dollar Bill: Right, so…

Bobby: But there is a cost-benefit analysis to take into consideration here that of poisoning the food supply. One I am familiar with. As you know.

Wags: One that requires meticulous calibration. Or else we're all in Contagion. Gwyneth Paltrow dead on the gurney and Matt Damon as the last living man on earth.

Dollar Bill: If I don't do this it's gonna be a huge loss.

Wags: He's right about that.

Bobby: It's okay.

Dollar Bill: It's not okay! I'm the guy who delivers.

Bobby: Yeah. Most of the time, you are. But, and I can't believe I'm fucking saying this: we can't all be right all of the time. Sometimes you just gotta take a loss.

Wags: Forget it, Bill. It's Chickentown.

Contagion is a 2011 movie directed by Steven Soderbergh (who comes up quite frequently) starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Matt Damon, among others. Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure.

The whole Chickentown thing, and this scene in particular, is a huge nod to Chinatown, the 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholsonand Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired by the California Water Wars, a series of disputes over southern California water at the beginning of the 20th century, by which Los Angeles interests secured water rights in the Owens Valley. The Robert Evans production, a Paramount Picturesrelease, was the director's last film in the United States and features many elements of film noir, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama.