Bloom follows the ransom note to a theater where he finds a bloodied Stephen being held captive by Diamond Dogs' men. Bloom asks Stephen whether or not this is yet another con, but Stephen tells Bloom simply to run. A gunfight breaks out, and Stephen is shot in the back. As Stephen lay dying on the floor, Bloom asks him again whether this is another con. Suddenly, Stephen rolls over, jumps up, and assures Bloom that this is his final wow. They hug each other, and Stephen makes Bloom promise to never return to St Petersburg, to take Penelope to Rio, to tell her that they're on the run from vengeful Russians, to play it like Stephen is dead, and he promises that he'll catch up with Bloom later. As Bloom leaves the theater, Stephen holds up a deck of cards and asks Bloom to pick one. Stephen cuts the deck and displays the Queen of Hearts, and Bloom admits it's the best card trick he's ever seen. "Wish you had a bigger audience," Bloom says, and Stephen replies, "You're the only audience I ever needed." After telling Stephen "I love you", Bloom joins Penelope in the car, and they drive away. Meanwhile, Stephen has pulled a chair onto the stage, sits down on it, and dies, more blood dripping from his cuff. Somewhat later, Bloom notices that the stage blood on his shirt cuff has turned brown and realizes that it was the real thing. He asks Penelope to pull the car off the road, and he cries in her arms. In the final scene, Penelope tells Bloom that Stephen once told her "There's no such thing as an unwritten life...just a badly written one." She assures him that they're going to live like they're telling the best story in the whole world. In a final voiceover, Bloom remembers Stephen's assertion that the best con is the one in which everyone gets what they wanted. He and Penelope return to the car and drive off in the sunset.