Rita Sue is at a table outside with Bert and Sabina. Rita Sue explains her plan to buy an alligator farm in Florida. They discuss the various profits to be had, and Rita Sue says, "Gator milk has twice the vitamins and minerals as cow milk." Bert hears a song playing and goes inside to dance with Sabina. Rita Sue gulps down some booze and gets up.
Libby guzzles her own drink and watches the various carnies and freaks dancing. Burley wanders up and asks Libby to dance, but she shakes her head. Burley snarls, "I forgot..." and starts throwing coins at her as he asks how much for a dance: "I mean, with your clothes on." Libby tells Burley to leave her alone, and Jonesy watches with some concern. Burley tries to haul Libby up forcibly, and Libby protests, attracting Rita Sue's attention. Jonesy tells Burley to back off. Burley says, "Fuck you," and Jonesy slugs him. He asks some carnies to haul Burley out, which they do. Jonesy makes sure Libby's okay, and then says, "I ain't much for dancing," but puts out his hand. Lila rather sympathetically hands Rita Sue a drink as Libby and Jonesy start dancing.
From the truck, Ben and Sofie stare at the lights of the big top. Ben notes that it sounds like a party's going on, and asks Sofie if she wants to go check it out. Wow, something about visions of nukes going off made him turn nice. It's peculiar, but sort of refreshing. Sofie says she feels safer where she is, sitting in a truck in the middle of nowhere surrounded by darkness. It'd make more sense if the visions of Apollonia happened when she was around other people, but since they've always happened when she's alone, you'd think she'd want to be in a crowd. But Dan Knauf himself has assured us that the characters behave logically, so I must just be confused. Sofie encourages Ben to go check out the party. Ben doesn't move.
A record plays as Rita Sue dances with Stumpy. She suggests that maybe they could use his winnings to buy a place in Florida. Stumpy agrees, "Put in a down payment, buy a new car, get you some new clothes...or a trip to Niagara Falls." Rita Sue happily asks how much money it'll be again. Stumpy says, "$1400." Rita Sue asks, "I thought you said it was $1200." Stumpy sticks to the latest figure. Rita Sue dances, looking sadder and sadder. Poor Rita Sue. I told you not to give him the money.