Later, Dolan leaves the room, and gives Iris an awkward glance upon spotting her sitting at the desk.
Sofie's pit is about two feet deep now. Samson walks up and offers Sofie a bottle of soda. Sofie mutters that she doesn't want a break, and keeps digging. Samson tells Sofie that the carnies are placing bets on her. Sofie doesn't care. Samson rather admiringly asks, "You're gonna show 'em, huh?" Sofie grins and says that she's not trying to prove anything. Samson's smile fades and he asks what she is doing, then. Sofie says, "It beats curlin' up and dying. That's what I'd do if I had to read those goddamn cards." Samson sets the bottle down in the dirt and as he walks away, Libby stares at Sofie from the background. Sofie notices her. Libby looks at her sympathetically for a second, and moves on.
As Sofie keeps digging, we pan over to where Rita Sue is working on some mending, an open bottle of soda in front of her. Burley suddenly demands, "What's Jonesy got I ain't got?" Rita Sue shakes her head and keeps sewing. Burley walks closer and asks if the cat got her tongue. Rita Sue finally says, "No, I thought maybe it was a rhetorical question." Burley blinks and retorts, "Nothing retardical about it." Hee. Rita Sue smirks and asks if Burley's sure he wants to know. Burley looms over her and say that he is. Rita Sue eyes his crotch pointedly and smiles as she answers, "A limp." Burley grabs Rita Sue and grunts that she's nothing but a whore. He says, "Maybe I'll just come by -- pay you a visit." In close-up, you sure do notice how perfect his teeth are. Oops. Rita Sue shrugs out of Burley's grip and says, "I'll send you home wearin' your dick like a necktie!" Burley backs away while he tries to think of a retort, and then gives up and stomps away. Rita Sue calls after him, "Don't forget to bring your wallet!" I admire her attitude, but maybe she shouldn't taunt the demented carnie too much.
Stumpy, Lila, Rubber Boy, and some carnies have gathered in Lila's tent. Stumpy flips through Lodz's wallet. Which is full of money. The lighting's a lot better this time, okay? I'm not defensive! Much! A carnie asks, "Reckon he's dead?" Lila does. Rubber Boy wonders if maybe Lodz got a girlfriend. Lila yanks the wallet back and sniffs, "He got me." She figures that someone killed Lodz. Stumpy asks who, and Lila shrugs and says, "Who's runnin' the show now?" Stumpy can't believe Samson's capable of murder, but a carnie notes that he's "plenty big enough to pull a trigger." True 'nuff. Stumpy describes this as crazy talk. I love it when something is described as "crazy talk." The carnie admits that it looks odd, but that Lodz could reappear tomorrow. After a second, he says, "He'll be back," and exits, everyone but Lila following.