Written by Mr. Mouseburger 5th Jun 2005
Agent Horrigan has taken a bullet on behalf of the president. The would-be assassin, Leary, uses the wounded Horrigan to escape to the lift.
Horrigan and Leary have a fight in the glass lift. After a protracted struggle Leary is shoved off and is about to fall to his doom when Frank grabs hold of him. This parodies a scene earlier in the film where Leary prevented Frank from falling.
Eastwood's character really wants to kill Leary, but that is against the law, so is begrudgingly preparing to take him in. Leary, sensing this inner struggle, relieves Frank of any responsibility and lets go of his grip and falls to his death.