Written by Old Bluffer 5th Jun 2009
Written by Kooshmeister
Joe Welcome, alias "Mr. Grey," is the (seemingly obligatory) mentally unstable member of the group of hijackers that captured and held subway train Pelham 123 for ransom. From the beginning he's been antagonistic not only towards the hostages but to his fellow thieves as well, particularly headman Mr. Blue. More than once, Blue is forced to warn Grey to keep in line or else, and even though Grey is visibly taken aback by Blue's coldblooded execution of Bud Carmody (despite his own murder of Caz Dolowicz earlier), it doesn't seem like his boss' warnings are sinking in.
Having finally obtained their $1 million dollars in cash, the four hijackers (Mr. Blue, Mr. Green, Mr. Brown and our very own Mr. Grey) disembark from Pelham 123 and send the train on its merry way. They then move to the next phase of their plan which is to make it to street level with their ill-gotten gains (hidden underneath their trenchcoats) without being noticed by the police. This involves putting on different hats, turning their coats inside-out, and also removing the false moustaches and eyeglasses they've been wearing for most of the film. It's also going to involve ditching the automatic weapons they've been using up until this point, in favor of smaller, more easily concealable handguns, with Mr. Blue's thinking being that the large machine guns will attract too much unwarranted attention from passersby on the surface.
Mr. Grey is having none of this, though. In addition to being just plain a nutcase and openly rebellious against their leader, Grey has two (at least in his mind) very good reasons for wanting to hang on to his own weapon. For starters, he wants to keep the gun as a souvenir of their caper. And secondly, he rationalizes that if the police encounter them when they get to the surface, he doesn't want to be caught with only a handgun to protect himself. These pleas fall on deaf ears as far as Mr. Blue is concerned, and he once again orders his subordinate to dispose of the machine gun.
(More or less) telling Blue to go and fornicate with himself, Grey turns and tromps up the steps ahead of the other three men. Cool as a cucumber, Blue positions his gun in his coat pocket so that it is aiming up the staircase at the departing Grey. Rather than shoot his henchman in the back, as he did Bud Carmody, Blue casually calls out Grey's name to get his attention, so he'll turn to face him. Totally unconcerned (demonstrating that in addition to being crazy he isn't very bright), Grey turns to face his boss with an annoyed look and demands to know what he wants.
Blue simply responds by firing the handgun through the pocket of his coat, striking Grey. The poor idiot couldn't possibly look more surprised. He grabs the stairs' handrail for support, before slowly sliding down into a kind-of sitting position and dies with a bewildered look on his face. That accomplished, Blue instructs Mr. Green to go and collect Grey's share of the money from his corpse. He isn't going to be needing it, and, hey, more for them, right?