The Carnivàle has made camp, and everyone's sitting around, looking bored. Lila sits among the carnies, bitching and moaning. She whines about Lodz, and Ruthie snaps, "He weren't exactly a saint." Lila moves on to the next item on her agenda: complaints about why they're going to Shantyville. Ruthie figures Management has a reason for it, and Lila calls Management a son of a bitch. Which seems to shock the carnies, for some reason.
Tent of Jericho. Iris is meeting with Samson and Jonesy, and explains that the Okies don't have enough money to be paying customers. But, she beams, "it would be such a wonderful thing for the children here." Samson says that maybe they could work something out, because "sometimes you just have to put the Lord first." Only sometimes. Heh. Iris suggests that the ministry could give the Carnivàle an honorarium. Samson says, "Cash money is mostly what we're used to," while behind him, Jonesy shakes his head and looks embarrassed. Hee. Iris assures him that it would be money. Smiles and handshakes are exchanged as a deal is struck. Without any specifics as to how much money Iris can give them. Morons.
Lila shouts at the carnies, asking if they'd rather go to Sacramento than Shantyville. Libby protests that Lila isn't in charge of the Carnivàle. Burley jumps in, and suggests that it's time for a change in leadership. Ruthie joins in on Libby's side. Burley calls Libby a "dumb quiff," bringing Stumpy into the argument. Ruthie points out that this isn't solving anything. Lila agrees: "We've got bigger problems that Burley's hard-on for Libby." Heh. Burley says he doesn't fuck whores. Libby snaps, "That's because they won't fuck you, Burley." This episode does have a lot of good lines, which almost makes up for how little is happening. Lila calls everyone's attention to Samson and Jonesy's return as their car pulls up. The carnies attempt to form an unruly mob, but honestly, they can't even get that right. They look pretty ruly. Samson gets out of the car and happily announces that he made a deal. Nobody looks thrilled. Lila tells Samson that he isn't in charge anymore. Samson says that Management's the one who decides where they go, whereupon Lila suggests that Management should come out and explain his decision. Samson says that's not going to happen, so Lila offers to go in, and leads the crowd to Management's trailer. Jonesy gets nervous, but Samson is inexplicably calm about the whole thing. Burley breaks the padlock on the door, and Lila marches up the stairs and steps inside. The tweedle of impending spookiness sounds faintly. Lila calls out, "Anybody home?" and walks through the trailer. She pulls aside the puppet-show curtains and...nada. There's a rug on the floor and a photo on the wall, but nothing spooky. Lila glares around and exits.