Finally, Bullock comes out of the hardware store and sees what's going down. He forcibly restrains Charlie, who tells him the fight is "personal fuckin' bidness."
Johnny has also seen all this from Al's office balcony, and steps in now to inform Al that Bullock has stepped in to stop it, and that Cy is headed toward the Gem. Just then, E.B. knocks and comes in to inform Al that the appointment with Mrs. G has been set up. Al asks him what he knows of the fisticuffs down in the street. Somehow, E.B. had just missed it -- he's two steps behind everybody in this episode. The only thing he can report is that right before he left the hotel, Charlie had accused Wolcott of stepping on his foot. Johnny pipes up. "If Utter's got corns, that might coulda...touched it off." I slide to the floor to die laughing at this, but don't have time, because Dan sticks his head in to announce Cy's arrival. Al tells everyone about seeing Charlie drive the wagon out of camp the night before, and how Cy's former employee, Joanie, had been involved. "You connect that with the beating in the thoroughfare?" E.B. asks, confused. "Sooner than on Utter's corns, hmm?" Al says. "I will station myself downstairs," E.B. says, officiously, but still confused, "as an observer."
Back in the hardware store, Bullock is still having to restrain Charlie, who is yelling for Bullock to take his fuckin' hands off him. He finally does, clearly worried about what Charlie is going to do, and asks that he please not go back outside. Bullock asks what happened. Charlie: "Cocksucker stepped on my fuckin' toe."
Al makes his way down the stairs of his joint to meet Cy at the bar. "Moving somewhat rheumatic, young man," Cy says, as Al staggers a little bit. Seeing her chance for sweet, sweet revenge, Jewel jokes that Al is "always dragging that fuckin' leg." It's proof that Al really does care for her when he doesn't kill her, right there. Cy mentions immediately that Charlie has just beaten the crap out of Wolcott in the street. "How does that impinge on men like us?" Al wonders. Cy says it impinges because the beaten man is Hearst's chief geologist. Al sees the significance immediately: "Wrong response no matter what the fuckin' provocation." Cy suggests they convene with Bullock and Utter to discover the details and "let it be known, that's the wrong ox to gore." Al says he'll "put together a sit-down."