Al dryly tells him to tell Hearst he'll have his answer in an hour, but E.B. is not done falling apart. "I can't, Al," he begs. "I can't engage him in further conversation. When I hear his voice, I see the inside of his skull! Phantoms grin out at me, oozing gruesome goo." During this panic attack, Al whips out a piece of paper and pencil, and writes a message for Hearst. "Slide this under his door then," he says to the histrionic E.B. who, seeing that Al has given him the easier option, decides to gird up his loins and take the hard road of delivering it in person. "Fear," he says, walking tall as he makes his exit, "is every man's portion." Ain't it the damn truth?
For whatever reason, Joanie has gone to the Bella Union to visit Cy. I hate to brush this off, I really do, because I love Joanie and honestly, I love Cy, as well. I feel like the whole Bella Union staff got the shaft this season (insert joke here re: Con's shaft ["And insert 'insert Con's shaft' joke right after that. And then throw up." -- Joe R]) and this scene does little to redeem the damage already done. The gist is, Joanie has come to, in spite of everything, thank Cy for keeping her alive all those years, not letting her kill herself, and trying to make her happy. She's found some happiness now, she says, and she wants to make peace with him. He's all drunk and ugly and when she tries to engage him in conversation about all the Hearst bidness, he makes a snide remark about her relationship with Jane. It's pitiful, really, how he's fallen to this state of self-loathing, and she sees it and leaves him to wallow, walking out with her head held high.