It's basically every juke joint you've ever seen in a movie before: jazzy musicians playing peppy ragtime music, well-dressed revelers -- all of them black, unless I've missed a few interlopers -- dancing their legs off, the liquor being slung left and right. We see Chalky in a rare good mood, chatting at the bar. The place is crowded enough and loud enough that he doesn't notice that Maybelle and Samuel are sitting at a table across the room. She keeps trying to get him to drink and loosen the fuck up already, but he's clearly put off by the lack of intimacy in their surroundings. Guess it's not the most ideal place for her to respond to his proposal. He speaks too quietly for her to hear, trying to find a way to say "If you don't want to marry me, just say so," but she's all "Speak up! Yell! Do something for fuck's sake!" The dancing couple next to their table becomes a bit too free in their movement, and after the second time they bump the table, a frustrated Samuel raises his voice to ... politely demand that he guy "Watch where [he's] going, sir." Which I guess you don't do to people who are trying to get their dance on, because the guy takes a switchblade out of his pocket and slashes Samuel across the face! Seems reasonable. We're all just roiling savages underneath the surface, right? Or is it just people in places like this?
Ugh, whatever, so Samuel is slashed and he can't believe this is actually happening, so he's frozen in place. From across the room comes Dunn Purnsley, flying over to beat this switchblade fool over the head with a club, until he's broken and bloodied on the floor. Maybelle calls out for her daddy, and Chalky comes running. Samuel seems to be more horrified by the sight of his attacker on the floor than by his own wound. Maybelle looks like she might throw up. Chalky orders the music to start playing again and scolds his daughter for being there in the first place. He looks with a mixture of pity and scorn at Samuel and hands him a cloth for his face. "That man needs help," Samuel finally says, and even though Chalky orders him not to give him any, Samuel goes to tend to his attacker, which I guess is the final nail in his Pussy Coffin, by the rules of this show. Chalky asks Maybelle if she still finds him so "interesting." She can't seem to make any words.