He tells Owney that "Daughter Maitland" is performing at the Cotton Club, and Narcisse needs her services elsewhere. Owney's all, "No problem, just have Dickie drop by with a replacement." This prompts a bible verse or some such from Narcisse that says something about "every secret thing," which is his version of, "Yeeeeahhhh, about that…" Owney looks at him. "Mr. Pastor will not be returning." Owney continues to look at him.
Over at the Harrow place, some blowhard at the kitchen table is boasting about, of all things, the gravel business. Turns out it's Hubert, the older brother of Dead Gerry. Richard could not be less interested in what Hubert's talking about, but he should pay attention because the moral of the story, stated explicitly by "Hube" (Richard calls him this imperceptibly snidely in response to Hubert calling him "Rick) is "A man's got to know his business." And besides, this guy has helped Emma out, when Richard wasn't around. Hubert checks his watch and says he has to go, but he'll be back Saturday to start clearing out the barn. Emma politely tells him Richard said he'd do it, but Hubert says he doesn't mind, and enjoys the company. Emma diplomatically suggests he call first, and gives him some food for his ride home. "Keep feeding me and I'll keep coming back," says Hubert cheerfully. Well, there is an opening for the family dog… As if reading my mind, Hubert says, "Stray dogs and bachelors, eh, Rick?" Richard nods, all, "You know it, bro!"
Hubert leaves and the brother and sister have a little fun at Hubert's expense, and then Emma tells Richard that Hubert isn't so bad. "As a brother-in-law?" Richard asks. Emma sighs, and sits down and says, Hubert lost someone too. Well, the same person Emma did, anyway. And his folks are good people — wanted her to move into town with them when Gerry died. Emma tells Richard he can have their old room, and she'll set up in their parents' room. The room needs painting, Richard notes, and Emma cheerfully tells him he can add it to his chores. Also, it could use some curtains and a hobbyhorse, and the crib is stored out in the barn.
While she's yammering away, Richard lays some money down on the kitchen table, and Emma's shocked, saying she hasn't asked him for anything. "Just take it and pay the taxes," says Richard. She's all, "The what?" He says he saw the letter, but she says she sold the Hudson and paid the taxes. Richard's all, "But the assessor…" and Emma asks if it was "Mr. Case," and Richard realizes the assessor didn't give a name. Emma says she's not paying the taxes twice, and Richard looks puzzled, wondering who it was he talked to.