Written by Mr. Mouseburger 9th Feb 2006
Kindly submitted by Novus
After militaristic Col. Frank Fitts witnesses what he believes to be his son performing a homosexual act on middle-aged next-door neighbour Lester Burnham, Fitts confronts Burnham while he is working out in his garage. It is pouring rain outside Fittshas on a white shirt which is soaked. He is crying.
As Lester embraces Fitts in a fatherly way, he asks the Colonel what is wrong and if he can help. Without a word, the Colonel, presumably attempting to understand why his son is gay [I disagree, see below for my comment - OB], kisses Lester. Lester pushes him back and tells him he has the wrong idea, at which point Fitts leaves the garage.
Lester Burnham's marriage had fallen apart after he became despondent with his wife and their suburban lifestyle. We see his wife, Carol, in her car outside the house listening to a self-help audio tape, pulling her gun out of the glove box, saying to herself, "Lester, I refuse to be a victim!"
After resolving his obsession with his daughter's best friend, she asks him how he is. He tells her he's great. She leaves for the bathroom, and he smiles to himself, repeating, "I'm great." A gun barrel appears behind his head and the camera pans to a white wall. The shot rings out and the wall is covered with blood and brains.
In an ironic twist, Carol enters the kitchen where Lester was killed, gun in purse, and is surprised to find her husband has been killed. She collapses, crying.
In his home office, Colonel Frank Fitts's white shirt is covered with Lester's blood as he puts up his gun, telling us who killed Lester.