Eric, still on the porch, noodles on his guitar. Happy the dog watches. Peter, the lost neighbor kid, wanders up and says he's locked out of his house (he left "via" the window) and his mom isn't answering the door. Eric says he can go use the phone in the kitchen.
Peter heads inside to use the phone. Kevin and he have a dull little tête-à-tête. They learn each other's identities and objectives for being there. Kevin points out the phone, and Peter goes for it.
Kevin heads upstairs and tells Ruthie that Peter is downstairs, and that he "doesn't seem okay" since it's 9 PM and he's out of the house.
Back in the kitchen, Peter steals two apples and some candy and leaves a pitiful voicemail message for his mom. He's locked out; he needs to get back in and do his homework and go to bed. He has school the next day. Please, Mom? Please pick up! Kevin and Ruthie eavesdrop shamelessly. Kevin busts in and offers to walk Peter home with his "partner"-- he's a cop. Peter says it might scare his mom to see him with a stranger, even a cop. Kevin says, "How about a sandwich." Oh, a sandwich would scare the shit out of Peter's mom, for sure. Peter takes up Kevin on the offer, and steals another apple.
Ruthie sneaks onto the porch and tells her dad, still noodling on the guitar, that it sounds like Peter is "in trouble." Eric says it sounds like his mom fell asleep and locked him out. Ruthie asks if that sounds right to him. Eric asks if that sounds right to Ruthie. Ruthie asks that Eric "get in there" and help. Eric says that he's "out of the business," that he "quit" and he's "tired of helping people." But-but-but? But what about Peter? Eric says placidly that maybe Kevin can figure something out. Ruthie looks blank.
We're back at Eddie's Pool Hall. Annie makes her way back to her barstool a little unsteadily, and sips her giant white foofy drink. The bartender, still in his polo-ero getup, asks if she's having a good time. Oh yes -- but she'd really rather be with her husband. You mean the sad sack that was ignoring you when you left him at home? Yeah, that guy is great. Annie says something is wrong and she doesn't know what to do. The bartender asks if Eric didn't just have open-heart surgery. Yes, about a month ago. And now Annie is worried that "they took a piece out!" Oh, no. No, she didn't.