Ed walks away and runs into Big Rudy. Rudy wants to bend Ed's ear about something. Ed, always open for a little bending of the ear, agrees to listen. As it turns out, Big Rudy wants to buy back Stuckey Bowl. He's heard how great it's doing now that Ed put a little elbow grease into the place, done some renovations, and generated some interest in the former hellhole. Even the lawyer gimmick, which Big Rudy doesn't exactly "get," seems to have caught on with the citizens of Stuckeyville. Ed's flattered that the word on the street about Stuckeyville is a positive one. But there's a reason the Rudy Man is being so complimentary...he wants to buy the business back. Ed, borrowing a line from used car salesman Dick Knight, says, "I'm not selling it." Rudy offers him ten percent more than what Ed paid for it. I dunno about you, but I woulda sold it in a heartbeat at that point. Then again, I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Ed turns him down flat. I moan and say, "Doh!" as I stare at Ed and wonder how one man can be so stupid. Then I poke myself in the eye with a fork, bellow like a wounded bear, and continue watching. Rudy is amazed at Ed's stupidity as well, and ups the offer to fifteen percent, reminding Ed that he will be "farting through silk" with that kinda cash on hand. I'm sweating bullets as I await Ed's response, which is a slightly amused "no." Rudy assures Ed that he will come around to the offer and he walks away. Ed runs into Phil, who's pissed because when Big Rudy owned the place, he never made Phil mop the floor. Ed reminds Phil that when Big Rudy was running the place, it was a dump. "Hey! Don't count your chickens," Phil says. Ed is dumbfounded and asks, "How does that even apply?" and Phil, without turning around, shrugs like he knows something we don't. Could Phil be masterminding the buyout of Stuckey Bowl?? Stranger things have happened in Stuckeyville, my friend.
Carol's walking out of school, and like clockwork, there's Ed. Ed mentions to Carol that he saw her and Molly walking towards the pie shop and watched them turn around. Ed thinks she's uncomfortable around him and Bonnie when they're together. Hey Ed, I've got two words for ya: duh-uh. She admitted last week that she was jealous of you two being together. Cut her some slack, huh?? Naturally, Carol panics when this is mentioned. Ed decides to go one better and ask her to come to dinner with him and Bonnie. He says they can all have a few drinks and put this behind them. Then he decides to goad her into attending the Bonnie and Ed Smooch Fest '01 by saying, "Come onnnnnnnn," over and over again. He draws the phrase out longer and more annoyingly each time he says it. Carol finally remarks, "Bonnie is a very fortunate woman."