Ben drives up Old Cherry Blossom Road until the way is blocked by a fallen tree branch. He gets out of the truck and peers up the overgrown road.
Stumpy lets a bunch of kids into the Gay Paree tent. Ew, yet again. Libby peers out at the audience and tells Rita Sue, "You ain't gonna like this, Momma." Rita Sue looks past the curtain and shakes her head as Stumpy invites his wife and daughter to demonstrate "the meaning of the word 'desire.'" Libby steps out and starts to dance as the boys goggle. And look a little frightened. Heh.
Stumpy steps backstage, where Rita Sue bitches at him for "peddling flesh to a goddamn Sunday School outing." She says that they're going to get arrested, and Stumpy reassures her that the Sheriff's son is in the crowd. "It's his birthday," he says unconvincingly. As he's talking, Stumpy spots a mustached gent who pokes his head into the tent. Stumpy waves, and the man withdraws. Rita Sue grumpily goes out to join Libby onstage.
As soon as Rita Sue's dancing, Stumpy hurries out of the tent to chat with the mustachioed man, hereafter known as "Bud." Stumpy invites Bud inside to watch the show. Bud declines. Then they stare around for ten seconds on the clock, and Stumpy chummily says that he'd better get back inside. Bud is not chummy. More staring. Stumpy finally says, "Later, after the show." Bud nods. Exit Stumpy. Phew. Bud turns and looks at the squeaky ferris wheel that Sofie was working on so that we don't forget about it when it finally matters somehow.
Cut from the spinning ferris wheel to Ben staring at a spinning windmill on a weathervane. Ben eases on down the road and finds the 1930s version of the Island of Misfit Toys. Call it the Clearing of Quartered mannequins. Or, on second thought, don't. Bits of mannequins are strewn about in piles, along with some tin plates and jelly glasses. And tin cans, and...well, rubble. One child-mannequin has a nail through its forehead. Aw, somebody made their own geek show. Of course, the mannequins move and speak even less than the characters on this show, so the parallels aren't perfect. Ben calls, "Hey!" without getting any response from the mannequins.