The Offer finds its groove as “Crossing that Line” packs a serious punch that has us inching towards the finish line.
This recap of Paramount+ series The Offer season 1, episode 8, “Crossing that Line,” contains spoilers.
We had one heck of an ending to our last episode. We saw Albert/Francis/Robert get Charles to agree to keep Pacino in The Godfather. Next, the three of them fired the rat and producer Jack Ballard from the movie. Last, we saw Colombo get gunned down at the League gathering. So much to unpack, let’s dive right into this week’s episode.
The Offer season 1, episode 8 recap
The episode begins with Albert waking up from the dream of what happened during the Colombo shooting. Agents show up at Albert’s house to ask him questions about his connections to Colombo. He warns him not to get in the middle of the crosshairs because Colombo isn’t dead and he will retaliate.
It’s 11 am.
We see Robert doing his favorite thing ever, drinking at whatever time of the morning and talking about making a new film. Robert speaks to Robert about making a film with Nicholson, Polanski and wants him to break down his pitch for the movie. As he starts to talk, we see Robert’s mind meander off to la-la land because we know he is going through some stuff (reminder his wife did cheat on him).
Albert and Francis are talking about the following scenes. Francis is freaking out about not having what he wants, again. Albert reminds him that any overage on the budget comes out of their pockets. Francis is quite needy, but Albert can always pull a rabbit out of a hat for him. Bettye shows up to ask Albert about Colombo, knowing he isn’t okay. She doesn’t think he should visit him in the hospital, but he knows he has no choice. I’ve always thought these two would end up together somehow, but I don’t think it will happen.
The table has gathered to discuss taking down Colombo and the head brings in Gallo to talk about what he can do for them. He breaks down that Colombo wasn’t good for them and that he is a straight shooter and that they need to shut down the movie. He promises to squeeze Albert dry. The table seems to be happy.
I’m sorry he broke it off with your girlfriend.
We see Robert and Barry going at it over the firing of Jack Ballard as Charles walks in to find out what is next on Robert’s radar film-wise. He wants more money and wants it now. Robert tries to explain China Town to Charles and he is STRUGGLING big time. He kind of makes an a*s out of himself in front of Charles and it’s quite a comical moment.
Albert arrives at the hospital to visit Colombo. Unfortunately, they let him know that he isn’t allowed visitors. Ceasar talks some sense into Albert by telling him that he doesn’t want to cross the line of where he is at right now because there is no coming back. Next, Albert shows up to see Charles for more money. With Robert failing to show up, Charles tells him to hit the bricks.
Bettye talks to one of the actresses and her ex on set took liberties and hit her during the movie scene. She tells Albert and Francis now they want to fire him. However, they have better plans for him as they have Jimmy Caan rough him up in a scene instead. After the scene, Bettye walks up to him and threatens his life, and gives him a nice little punch to the gut. Finally, Albert comes up with a way to gather up some money for The Godfather and lays down the plan for Bettye.
I’m Joe Gallo and I am in charge of the movie now.
Albert arrives back at his hotel, where he gets roughed up by Gallo’s guys. Gallo wants the money that Colombo was getting and Albert lets him know he wasn’t getting any money. Gallo doesn’t care what their deal was, period. He says next time he sees him, Gallo wants his money. After this, Albert met with Bettye and he realized that Ceasar said he didn’t want to cross that line but knew that he crossed that a long time ago.
Francis arrives to talk to Albert, and Albert lets him know that Sicily can’t be an option and is tired of fighting every day for the film. Francis breaks down why this scene is so crucial to the film. But Albert lets him know that he doesn’t have the money for it. Next, Albert meets with Colombo, who is not looking good in the hospital. Ceasar tells him that he needs to do whatever Gallo wants because he is not to be messed with. He also gives him a watch to give to Bettye. They discuss what to do next and both understand that just because they give Gallo money, it won’t be the end of what he wants.
As Brando and Albert talk about The Godfather, Gallo arrives to get his money. He says he doesn’t have it and tells him that he has until midnight to get his money. Gallo also tells him that it’s his birthday and invites Albert to join him for dinner. What an incredibly tense sequence that our actors elevated.
After a successful day on set, the group heads to the bar to relax. Brando and Bettye have a somber little moment about his work. Our first real interaction between the two was brilliant. Everyone is grooving, Robert is dancing, Charles is drinking, and in comes Albert to let Francis know he can’t make it happen. Robert walks up to Albert and wonders what is going on with Francis.
They are looking at you now because you are a joke.
Albert tells him that he let him know that he couldn’t give him what he needed and maybe if Robert showed up to the meeting with Charles, they would have gotten the money. ROBERT SNAPS. Albert tries to tell him to calm down because everyone is watching and that doesn’t stop Robert from going off. So he throws his drink down and realizes he may have made a HUGE mistake and walks out of the bar.
Bettye has had a few too many to drink and is wandering around making fun of Barry, HILARIOUS scene. Albert saves her and tells her he will give the money to Gallo and they both know it’s the right decision. Caesar arrives and Bettye is happy but tells him that she can’t keep the watch. He also tells Albert he doesn’t have to worry about Gallo anymore, which means they have the money to go to Sicily. Albert turns the corner to tell Francis and HE FREAKS OUT in happiness.
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