Casa de Creepy. Dolan is jubilantly going over the plans for tonight's sermon. He tells Justin, "I've contacted the County Prosecutor. He'll be there personally." After a moment, Dolan apologizes: "I know this must be very difficult for you." Justin says that it is, but that his ministry comes first. Dolan adds that Iris will be okay: "They don't hang women in California." Justin smiles tightly and nods. I rather think Justin needs someone to hang, Dolan. Because if that line wasn't important, we'd have just had another thirty seconds of staring instead.
Night has fallen. They're really getting their money's worth out of the elephant. It strides by a tent, and then we cut inside, where the carnies are starting to party. Lila trades gossip with the Fat Lady from the Daily Brothers troupe. They also pass around a joint.
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.