Destination: For bounty hunter Jack Walsh to get mob accountant Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas from New York to Los Angeles within five days to collect the $100 thousand bounty that will allow him to retire and open a coffee shop.
Obstacles in the way: Where to start? How about FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely, who wants the Duke in his custody so he can testify against mobster Jimmy Serrano? Or Serrano's many goons who want to kill the Duke (and Jack, if he gets in the way) to keep him from testifying? Or rival bounty hunter Marvin Dorfler, who stalks Jack most of the way and cancels his credit card, forcing Jack to scrounge and even scam for money as he shifts from a plane, to a train, to a bus, to several different cars, in his attempt to get the Duke to LA in time.
Low point in the journey: After surviving a botched hit in Chicago, Walsh and the Duke visit Jack's ex-wife to beg for money, and a mortified Jack comes face-to-face with the daughter he hasn't seen in years since Serrano ruined his life and drove him out of town.
Outcome: The two men bond over their long and difficult cross-country trip, and Jack even finds a way to send Serrano to prison. He and the Duke make it to LA in time to collect the bail money, but Jack instead chooses to save his new friend's life by letting him go, and the Duke rewards him with more money than he would have made from the bounty. (And, because Jack's journey can never be entirely over, he has to walk home from the airport when a cabbie won't give him change of a $1000 bill.)
- Alan Sepinwall