Al's having tea in his room when Bullock comes in. "You've got gall," he tells Bullock, "coming before me prettier than ever." Bullock asks if Al's all right, and Al says he's on the fuckin' mend and that's all he's got to say about it. He asks Bullock what he knows about the commissioner, and Bullock confirms that the notice on the claims has got people in a snit. "I wouldn't want the cocksucker harmed," Al says. "I don't intend him any," Bullock clenches quietly. Bullock's being real quiet, as a matter of fact, I suppose feeling a bit guilty about what a state he put Al in. Al tells him not to be fucking clever, and asks Bullock if he's aware that the commissioner is allied with Cy. Bullock didn't know that. "Bedridden," Al says, "I know more'n you." The point is, he goes on, that if the commissioner is allied with Cy, and harm comes to him, Yankton will blame Al for the crime. "Do they understand," Al says, "how most of what happens is people being drunk and stupid and trying to find something else to blame besides that that makes their lives totally fucked?" He goes on to say that no, Yankton doesn't understand that, because they're too busy stealing to understand human nature. Ah, yes. Al understands human nature. I suppose he does. Freud...Jung...Al...the holy trinity of the study of the individual.
Johnny interrupts YET AGAIN, asking Al if he's rung for him. Al picks up his bell and clangs it around to remind Johnny what a bell sounds like, and tells him to beat it. Johnny can't stay out of the grownups' business tonight. Al goes on, saying that seeing as how Bullock and Jarry are both government officials, "you ought to fuckin' look out for each other...Sheriff." Bullock clenches kind of guilty-like, and heads out under the watchful, fucked-up eye of Al.
Oh, yes, Jarry's stepped in it, now. The angry mob has him on the ropes, and he's trying to protect himself, staying inside the cashier's cage at the Bella Union. This whole thing ain't going his way. At all. Steve is still leading the charge, pacing opposite Jarry as he tries to convince them that he's not only a man, but as a representative of the government, he's an "institution, and the FUTURE, as well." Steve doesn't take kindly to this. "Fuck you, fuck the institution, AND fuck the FUTURE." Jarry gets serious. "You cannot fuck the future, sir," he says. "The future fucks you."