Meanwhile, Ellie comes out wheeling another barrel of "FLAMMABLE" stuff into her yard. Mike approaches the house and says hi to Deputy Tim, who is standing guard. Just then there's a huge KABOOM in the yard where Ellie is. The whole garden goes up in a big huge fireball. Mike screams. Yeesh.
Cut to commercials. And then there's one of those "If you've just tuned into the WB, here's what's happening on Glory Days..." thingies. If you just tuned in: Mike's a jerk; Rudy's not gay; Ellie exploded.
Everyone's investigating the explosion. "This doesn't look like Braxton's M.O.," says Agent Trenchcoat. Rudy says that Ellie was carrying a barrel of embalming fluid and apparently it accidentally ignited. Trenchcoat tells Rudy, ever so tactfully, that this wouldn't have happened if the FBI had been watching Ellie. Mike stands and looks down at the covered body; Sara comes up and comforts him. Then Mike seriously loses his shit and goes up and starts shaking Rudy. "Why'd you let her go?!! She'd be alive if it weren't for you!!! She's dead, DEAD!" This isn't Lifetime and Ellie is not your baby who got sold to the Russian Mob, Mike, so, um, tone it down. Rudy sees some guy in a ski cap taking pictures of the body; the guy says he's Larry McFarr from the Seattle Tribune, and shows his press pass. Rudy orders the guy to stay behind the police barricade and confiscates his film. Sara spots Handsome Bachelor standing with the other onlookers and he comes over. "I came to see if there was anything I could do," says Handsome Bachelor, looking meaningfully at Sara. Because chicks dig it when guys pick them up at grisly death sites.
Rudy picks up a videotape at the police station and leaves. He knocks on the door to some isolated boathouse and someone holding a gun lets him in; it's Deputy Tim. Ellie's there, too. "How are you doing?" Rudy asks. "Pretty good, for a dead person," says Ellie. Rudy apologizes that the boathouse is so crappy, but it's the only place on the island that nobody really knows about. Just then there's a knock on the door and everyone freaks out, and there's a moment of total non-suspense when they open the door and find it's...Mike. Jeez, did they have to let Mike in on this? I was really hoping that this could be Ellie's chance to leave town and move up to Alaska with all those nice people from Northern Exposure.