Wendell Shovee (under his Hollywood alias of "Rod Platinum") was one of the world's biggest movers and shakers ... and also one of its biggest pieces of human trash. It was on the occasion of his first selfless act at the age of 52 (that of stopping to help a young woman whose rusting sedan had gotten a flat) that he was repeatedly bludgeoned with a tire iron and left for dead in a ditch of brackish water. In the Afterlife Courthouse lobby, before the hearing of his Heaven / Hell decision, Mr. Platinum popped off with an 18.6-minute diatribe on the strength of earthly accomplishment (ruthlessness) and the weakness of Fate. Leaving the front desk, a copper-lipsticked "Hello, My Name is Karma" slapped Mr. Platinum across the face, called him "an ass and a half" and commanded him to shut up. He held the side of his head, stunned; it was the same side he'd been bludgeoned on. "You!" he said, the light dawning in his eyes. She smirked, her gaze steely, and he stood stock still (had he moved at all - even to sneeze, she would've kneed him in the groin, he was sure of it).