Sadie smiles at them freakily. She is offered a reduced sentence for her testimony, even though nobody really likes that compromise, since the cops and Bugliosi feel jerked around considering that she openly admits to stabbing Sharon Tate a little and helping to kill blond guy. She correctly surmises that they are being forced to reduce her sentence by the men upstairs, in order to get the bigger cult members. And anyway, Sadie is already in prison for life: the delirious prison of her mind, where unicorns dance and blood drips from the ceiling and little tiny flowers grow from her fingertips. She's rather sympathetic to Bugliosi's plight -- for a second I think she's going to try to convert them by explaining that the men upstairs are pigs and not part of the solution -- but she just flirts, "Bummer. What do you want me to do?" Testify to the grand jury, and then at the trial. She hollers about how Bugsy won twenty murder trials in a row, and is a "big gun." But he doesn't want her Crazy Lady flattery, because it's worthless coming from a Crazy Lady. "We're here to talk about you, Sadie." She abruptly jumps tracks and lets Bugsy in on a little secret: "You know, Charlie's looking at us right now and he can hear everything we're saying." Bugsy points out that Charlie's in jail right now, which irritates her, and she paces a little bit. Never contradict a crazy, they hate that. Ask Joan of Arcadia. She'll dump your ass.
Bugsy asks if Sadie would kill for Charlie. She again slips the leash of his reason and logic and compares the Manson Family to the state of California: "You want to kill us, don't you? Give us the death penalty?" I get what she's saying, but dang. You are not a government, you are a bunch of drugged-up murdering idiots with a sense of entitlement as large as my great state of Texas and no coherent agenda whatsoever, except to beat up on the wrong people without regard for the really dangerous consequences of your actions. Oh, wait.
Sadie -- this girl is gorgeous, too, I don't know if I mentioned that; her hippie hair has really choppy Crazy Lady bangs that fall in her eyes sometimes, but in a sexy squinty way -- comes close to diagnosing herself as she explains that Charlie, her "personal savior," of necessity has to be who he says he is (Jesus, as in Christ), or else that makes them just some creepy, crazy cult. Which is true, and kind of sad. She's not sad about it, though, so I'm not going to be either. It's hard to feel too sorry for cult people, because they really seem to enjoy themselves. Well, right up until the Kool-Aid, I guess, and I especially don't feel sorry for them then. Sadie sits back down, and Bugsy asks again about the nights in question. Sadie is silent and not especially happy.
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At the police station, we learn that the young man who called Charles Manson "Chuck" is named Joey. All Joey will tell them is his rap sheet, his "beefs," and the two original cops say that he will get off on all of these "beefs" if he turns over. Joey offers to tell them a little bit about blond guy with no ear, even though that isn't their case. At this point I think they just want to stick it to the other cop. There's relevant flashbackage as Joey says that Charlie told him he cut off blond guy's ear with a sword, and we see Charlie cut off the guy's ear. With a sword. The cops are eating it up. Next he asks if anybody ever "got their fridge wrote on." He tells them there was a fridge got wrote on in blood, and something about "PIGS" or something. We see someone writing on a refrigerator in blood, and writing on the wall something about "PIGS." I guess all this is in case we are disinclined to believe Joey's veracity, even though we were there. I'm guessing the cops can't see the same flashbacks we're seeing, as they're lucky enough not to be watching this.
The cops, tired of all this foreplay, ask about the Tate murders. He doesn't remember the dates, because there aren't any calendars or clocks (Sign #6 that you are in a cult), but he does remember it would have been about two weeks before his arrest. A bunch of people left the Movie Ranch under cover of night, and he remembers Charlie making word noises about "we knocked off five pigs last night." When Manson says "pigs," also, he doesn't mean police, he means "people with more money than Charles Manson." There's a documentary-style flashback to Charles Manson speaking directly into the camera and saying the words silently along with Joey in the here and now. It's so stupid and fourth-wall, because apparently Joey sees life in a documentary style. It's all directing that's the problem here, because the acting is pretty good for the most part, or at least cool, and the hair is no one's fault, but the ridiculous postmodern Natural Born Killers
every-style-at-once thing is really ham-fisted. Everybody stares at each other for five minutes of my life. Seriously.
At the Ladies' Jail, the deeply crazy and awesome one is sleeping soundly, while her hardened bunkmate smokes and stares and shakes because of how awesomely crazy Sadie is. A female hack comes to get her and leads her from the room, I assume in order to give a statement, but we don't see that or anything; we just jump to a press conference that is hyperactively multimedia, where we're told that the arrests for the Tate murders have been made: case solved. The pinched number three: Tex, Katie, and Fresh Meat, who is actually missing. There will probably be two other people indicted. They think this group is also the people that killed those Boring HITG people. Nobody really cares.
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