It must be later in the day by now, because Ben is back from the hunt and busily repainting Adrienne's snake charmer sign. It's too bad no one from the prop department bothered to put any actual paint on the brush he's using, however, because that sign looks drier than one of Mommatose's freshly-changed bedpans. Lodz and Lila stroll by, both dressed to the nines for a fun-filled afternoon of rabble-rousing and gossip-mongering. When Lila reports that Ben is painting the banner, Lodz leads them both in for the kill. "You know, Ruthie was something to see back in the day," offers Lila. "A man could literally be hypnotized by the swaying of her hips." Ahh. So that's why I have to watch Escape from New York every time it comes on. Lodz tries yet again to get a job tutoring Ben, and Ben yet again blows him off. If you want details, just read the last four recaps, where they've already had this same exact conversation. Lodz does, however, go on to mention the time that Scudder healed Ruth, only this time we learn the added salacious detail that Ruthie thanked the guy by petting his personal anaconda a few times. Lila joins in with some additional teasing, and Ben gets so mad that he just up and walks away in the middle of her sentence.
Leaving Lodz and Lila behind, Ben runs straight over to Adrienne Barbeau, and pretty much goes ballistic on her. He accuses her of sleeping with Scudder, calls her a bunch of names, and gets really, really pissed for absolutely no discernible reason. You know, this whole scene could easily be described just by saying "weird people, inappropriate sexual behavior, obscure references, dirt, dirt, dirt, Adrienne Barbeau," but recapping the sophisticated, intelligent dramas on HBO unfortunately forces me to be a bit more descriptive. So I'll just add that Adrienne looks really hungry. Oh, and Gabriel is standing right behind her, and he really doesn't approve of anyone treating his mommy like this. And speaking of mommies, let's all take a quick minute to notice Adrienne's highly suggestive glance back at Gabriel when she admits to sleeping with Scudder. And here we all thought that Sofie would be the surprise sibling. Anyway, the shouting match soon degenerates into a shoving match between Ben and Gabriel, and the shoving soon degenerates into a full-fledged fight. Gabe scoops Ben up in a bear hug, which Ben quickly escapes from. Then he kicks his brother in the nuts, and shoves him right in the chest. Despite the fact that Gabe must outweigh Nick Stahl by about seven gazillion pounds, he still ends up flying all the way across the midway and straight into a pipe, which breaks his wrist. Jonesy and his crew of merry mathematical rousties rush over to break things up.