Carnieland. Sofie is filing her mother's nails.
Sofie: Mother, we don't have to talk about this.
Mommatose: Oh, I think we do. That Ruthie has been in here three times already trying to change my bedpan when you're not around.
Sofie: I told her no.
Mommatose: Well, I guess she didn't listen. And I can't believe you're so calm about her horning in on your territory like this! You love changing my bedpan!
Sofie: Why are you nagging me about something I haven't even done?
Mommatose: Yeah, and speaking of which
Sofie: You know what? Maybe I would. At least Libby's mother treats her daughter with a little respect.
Mommatose: What the hell does Ma Cooch have to do with anything? I'm talking about Ruthie. Hell, she actually brought that sissy boy Gabriel of hers in here to lift me out of bed last time.
Sofie: You're one to talk, mother. At least "she" knows who "her" father is.
Mommatose: Yeah, and I warned you about Scudder, didn't I?
That "father" crack actually earns Sofie a telepathic slap across the face, which was very, very cool. She responds by socking Mommatose with an actual physical slap, and then stomps out of the trailer just like she always does.
In the Cooch tent, meanwhile, Pa Pimp is trying to convince his wife to sex up his best pal Jonesy. "I don't roll with trade," insists Ma, who takes great pride in her hooking. "That's the way it is. No tricks for carnie folk." Pa continues pleading, however, and Ma finally asks if this was his idea, or Jonesy's. Of course, Pa lies and says it was all Jones, but Ma sees right through this like it's one of her sheer lace nighties. "Why would you want to do something like this to us?" she asks, but Pa just keeps insisting it's nothing more than another harmless trick. "Fine," snaps Ma. "Line him up." Pa gives every indication of being the new poster boy for "be careful what you wish for," but it's way too late to go back now. It's also worth noting, by the way, that Ma spent most of this scene applying moisturizer. Which makes sense, I guess, because she is pretty much the only clean one in the entire bunch. And scene. Except not, because just before we cut away, Sofie pokes her head into the tent to say hi. Dun dun DUH!