Texas sheriff Edgar McGraw pulls up to an isolated liquor store in Texas called Benny's World of Liquor. Once inside he speaks with the shopkeeper, Pete Bottoms.
Pete: Hey, Earl
Earl: Yes, sir.
Pete: What do ya know?
Earl: Well, it's a hot goddam day
Pete tells him he had a microwave lunch because he's working alone today and can't leave for lunch break.
Earl: Jesus H. Christ, Pete. When you gonna learn that microwave food'll kill you faster than a bullet? I mean, them damn burritos ain't good for nothing but a hippie, when he's high on weed.
Earl has Pete get him a bottle of Jack.
Earl: I think I'm gonna get tanked tonight. . . It's been one long goddamn hot miserable shit-ass fuckin' day every inch of the way.
He complains about a retard serving him at a local burger joint and then discusses the Abilene bank robbery where four were killed and a hostage was taken. He then goes to use the bathroom.
As soon as he is inside the bathroom, The Gecko Brothers, Seth (George Clooney) and Richie (Quentin Tarantino), two desperado-type criminals appear with two hostages and gun pointed at the shopkeeper apparently in the store the whole time. Seth is angry that Pete let Earl use the bathroom.
Pete: Look, he comes in here everyday, we bullshit; he's used my bathroom about a thousand times; if I told him no, he'd know somethin' was up.
Seth: Okay, I want him out of here, in his car, and down the road or you can change the name of this place to Benny's World of Blood.
Richie claims the shopkeeper mouthed "help us". Seth now accuses Pete of giving Earl a signal, which Pete strongly denies.
Richie: Wait a minute, the guy's in the bathroom. Why don't I just go back there, shoot him in the back of the head, and we can get the fuck out of here.
Pete: Don't do that! Look, you asked me to act natural, I'm acting natural - in fact, under the circumstances, I think I ought get a fuckin' Academy Award for how natural I'm acting. I'm doing my best!
Seth: Well, your best better get a hell of a lot fucking better, or you are gonna feel a hell of a lot fucking worse. . . Everybody be cool. [to Pete] YOU - be cool.
Earl returns shortly after and goes to pay. While talking to the shopkeeper, Richie kills the sheriff with a point blank shot to the head. Seth and Richie argue because Richie claims the shopkeeper mouthed "help us". As the shopkeeper yells to defend himself, Richie shoots him in the shoulder. Seth and Richie argue and Seth decides to leave. As they are leaving the shopkeeper jumps up and shoots at Richie . . .
Seth [ducking behind a display case]: Richie! You okay?
Richie: He shot me in the fucking hand, I told you he said help us!
Pete Bottoms [screaming in pain]: I NEVER SAID HELP US!
Seth: Well it doesn't matter now, because you've got about two fucking seconds to live!
They all start shooting and the gunfight heats up.
The hostages escape and the fight is ended when Seth throws a lit toilet paper roll dosed with light fluid at the shopkeeper who was covered in alcohol killing him. They leave as the liquor store explodes.
Seth: "Low profile." Do you understand the meaning of the words "low profile"?
Richie: "Hey Richie, how's your hand?" It hurts like a fucking son of a bitch, thanks for asking!
As they tear off down the highway, we see a super-imposed image of the hostage who's been locked in the trunk the whole time. The brothers then check into a motel . . .
Old Timer: God damn .... what the hell do you want?
Seth: What do you think I want, you mean old bastard? I want a fucking room.
Old Timer: OK, all right.
Seth gets back in the car and heads toward their room.
Richie: Do they have cable?
Richie: Do they have the X-rated channels?
Richie: Do they have a waterbed?
Richie: What do they got?
Seth: They have four walls and a roof and that's all we need.
Seth backs the car to the motel room door, they get out and open the trunk. They retrieve the hostage in the trunk and take her into the room.
Seth [to hostage Gloria]: You. Plant yourself in that chair.
Hostage Gloria: What are you gonna do with...
Seth: I said "plant yourself." Plants don't talk.
They discuss their plan to flee to Mexico and meet Seth's contact, Carlos, for sanctuary.
Seth [to the hostage]: We need to have a talk. What's your name?
Hostage Gloria: Gloria.
Seth: Hello, Gloria, I'm Seth. That's my brother Richie. Let's cut to the chase. I'm going to ask you one question, and all I want is a yes or no answer. Do you want to live through this?
Hostage Gloria: Yes.
Seth: Good. Rule #1: No noise. No questions. If you make a noise . . . [He pulls out his gun] Mister .44 makes a noise. If you ask a question, Mister .44 answers it. Now are you absolutely, positively clear about Rule #1?
Hostage Gloria: Yes.
Seth: Rule #2: You do what we say when we say it. If you don't, see Rule #1. Rule #3: Don't you ever try and fucking run on us . . .
He puts his gun to her head, she closes her eyes.
Seth: . . . because I got six little friends and they can all run faster than you can. Open your eyes.
Seth: Gloria, you hang in there, you follow the rules, and you don't fuck with us, and you'll get out of this alive. I give you my word. Okay?
She nods. Seth leaves for awhile to scope out their route and get food.
After he leaves, Richie persuades Gloria to join him on the bed to watch TV.
We cut to Pastor Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel), and his two kids, teenage daughter Kate (Juliette Lewis) and adopted teenage son Scott (Ernest Liu) at a diner. Jacob plans to stop at a motel, even though they are traveling in an RV, he wants to sleep in a real bed one night. As Scott uses the restroom, Kate discusses with Jacob about him giving up being a pastor soon after his wife's death.
Jacob: Every person who chooses the service of God as his life's work has something in common. I don't care if you're a preacher, a priest, a nun, a rabbi or a Buddhist monk. Many, many times during your life you will look at your reflection in a mirror and ask yourself: am I a fool? I'm not going through a lapse; what I've experienced is closer to awakening.
Kate: Daddy, what would Momma say?
Jacob: Momma's got nothin' to say. She's dead.
Some time later in the motel room, a news story is shown about the Grecko brothers and their atrocities.Seth eventually returns to the motel.
Richie: Shit, I started to get worried. Where the fuck ya been?
Seth: Sight seein'.
Richie: What'd ya see?
Seth soon discovers that Richie had raped and murdered the hostage. Seth scolds the insane Richie, for now they need new hostages to escape into Mexico.
Seth: Richard, what's wrong with you? Is it me? Is this my fault? Do think that this is what I am? I am a professional fucking thief. I don't kill people that I don't have to, and I don't rape women. What you are doing - what you are doing - what you are fucking doing, is not how it's done. Do you understand? Say "yes, Seth, I understand." Say "yes, Seth, I fucking understand."
Jacob, Kate, and Scott have checked into the same motel. Soon after, Richie and Seth appear at their door and quickly hold Jacob and Scott at gun point.
Seth: So, what's the deal with you two, you a couple of fags?
Jacob: He's my son.
Seth: How's that happen? You don't look Japanese.
Jacob: Neither does he. He looks Chinese.
Seth: Oh, ooh, well excuse me all to hell.