Arthur is floored when all his friends feel compelled to watch a televised high-speed car chase. The surrealism mounts when the friends realize the person being chased is an acquaintance of Shrug's.
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So we're just going to sit around like idiots and watch this car chase?
Arthur, the entire city is gonna sit around like idiots watching this car chase. You don't understand. A high-speed chase brings L.A. to a grinding halt. It's like our version of a snow day.
References The Getaway