After a stint in rehab, Samantha has finally kicked her meth habit. But when she
fails to hold onto a string of dead-end jobs, her last chance to make it
sober comes in the form of Brenner's, a local greasy diner. There, she has
to wait on crazy customers during the day and then return home to her
lonely, dirty apartment.
One night, she discovers her beloved goldfish dead in its bowl and
realizes she had been feeding it pepper, not fish food, for weeks. All of
this chips away at Samantha's resolve, and she starts thinking and
dreaming about Jake, a former lover from her dark past.
Following a night of drinking alone, dangerous ideas turn into action when
Samantha attempts to score drugs. When she can't, she only becomes more
desperate-- so much so that she goes out looking for Jake. She finds his
address on the internet, goes to see him, and discovers that he is now
living in the suburbs with a pregnant wife and a cushy job. He sneaks out
of the house and takes her to a nearby playground.
Jake reveals that he is still using, despite everything. He tells Samantha
to meet him at a hotel that night, one that they used to go to several
years ago. She goes home and climbs onto the windowsill where the bowl of
dead fish remains. She opens the window, hovers over it, hesitating, and
then dumps out the bowl. She goes to the sink and washes out the bowl in
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