Penguins' principal owner Ron Burkle obtains a gun for Lemieux. "It's as cold as they come," Burkle tells him. "Impossible to trace. I left it noisy. That way, it scares any pain-in-the-ass innocent bystanders away. Walk out of the place. Don't run. Don't look nobody directly in the eye, but don't look away, either."

The Penguins learn that the secret meeting is to take place at Louis' in South Philly. They arrange to tape the gun behind the toilet in the men's room for Mario to retreive at some point during the dinner. At 8:00 p.m., Rendell and Onorato pick up Lemieux in their limousine. Lemieux is surprised when it appears they are taking him to New Jersey instead of South Philly.

But then, the car does a 180 on the Walt Whitman Bridge, back into Philly.

On the way to the restaurant, Rendell tells Lemieux, "I really want to frisk you, Mario. It's been so long since I've been with an athlete. Please, let me feel you."

The men arrive at Louis'.

"Try the veal. It's the best in the city," Onorato tells Rendell. Then he adds: "I'm going to speak to Mario in French." Onorato and Lemieux converse in French, but Lemieux has no idea what Onorato is saying because, as Lemieux later explained, "[Onorato] really doesn't know how to speak French."
Mario says he has to go to the bathroom. "Oh, let me frisk him again," Rendell pleads. Onorato says "no" and Mario leaves.

Mario finds the gun behind the toilet.

Mario comes back into the dining room and ends the negotiations.