Less Than Zero
Derrick returns to the loft, where the sounds of Jones and Travis arguing echo off the loft walls. That wasn't an exaggeration. Travis thinks they should support Oil Derrick, while Jones is afraid they could be named as accessories. They stop bickering once they see that Derrick has returned. Jones tells him that Detective Curtis approached her at the library and asked if Oil Derrick had gone to see Naomi, and she told him the truth. Oil Derrick freaks, but Jones points out that she didn't know what she was supposed to say because she didn't know what he told the detective yada yada yada this is your fault no this is your fault! Jones points out that Derrick's fingerprints will be all over Naomi's apartment, so he might as well tell the truth. Oil Derrick in turn points out that Jones actually started the rumor and he'd be more than happy to tell that to Curtis. Didn't she already tell Detective Sharon Lawrence herself? Jones stomps out. Oil Derrick asks Travis what he told the police, but they haven't interviewed Travis yet. Derrick gives Travis the photo he took from Naomi's room, and asks him to lie that she gave it to him voluntarily when he explained about the project they were working on. Yeah, I'd love to see that conversation. Travis: "We're doing a project about how we spread a rumor about you and I'm pasting up giant pictures of you all over our loft. Do you have any to spare?" Naomi: "Sure! Take this beloved photo of me from high school that I keep framed by my bed." And wouldn't telling the detective about the project give away the whole rumor thing, too? Travis is afraid that would make him a suspect, but Oil Derrick points out that he has no motive. Which is true, which makes it more mystifying that this movie is trying to convince us that he's a potential killer.
Elsewhere, Jones goes to Professor Eric Bogosian's office and asks to speak with him for a moment. We cut to Bogosian's next "lecture," in which he brings up the events surrounding Naomi's death. Surely this college is not accredited, is it? Does he even have a lesson plan? Apparently, Jones has convinced him to tell the whole class that Oil Derrick came up with the rumor about Naomi, and that it wasn't true. I wonder how Jones convinced Eric. Maybe they are sleeping together. Bogosian calls Oil Derrick out on his rumor. Derrick tries to pretend he doesn't know what they're talking about. Then he tries to pin it on Jones, who isn't in class, by the way. The students are all abuzz, and somebody calls him a murderer. He stands up and points out to them that they're the ones who passed around the story and are in part responsible. He's kind of correct there. The original rumor never said anything about rape. But then again, since he knew she was unconscious, he must have known it would pan out that way. He strides out of class, leaving a trail of oil behind him.