Across the square, Darcy leaves work and doesn't realize that she's being followed by the same soldier who noticed her noticing the notice.
Green house. Emily puts something in the oven and babbles "cutely" at Jake not to stomp or breathe near the stove. They have completely annoying flirtations about how Emily only ever baked once in her life before, which actually resulted in a fire. However, I don't have time to vomit, so MOVING ON! Emily finally says that she's making a cake for Ma Green, who has been out at the ranch since Mayor Dad died. Wait, the Greens have a Craftsman house, a hunting cabin, AND a ranch? Man, no wonder Emily wants Jake more than she wants the guy she was actually engaged to but easily forgot about when he was run out of town after rescuing a whole bunch of people from a semi-crashed plane. Speaking of -- what ever happened to all those Branch Rogerian refugees? Did they just get absorbed into the town after Roger left? Maybe they're sweatshopping more candles for five cents a wick. Jake brings in the depression by explaining that the recipe Emily is following is not, in fact, Ma Green's favorite. It's Mayor Dad's favorite. Ma Green would allow herself to be begged into making it for Mayor Dad, after which he'd sit in the kitchen and correct every move she made. Man, if I did that to Mathra when he makes Christmas Day French Toast, he'd throw lots of hot, sharp, sticky things at me. And vice versa. Jake remembers mournfully that Ma Green would pretend to be annoyed, but she secretly loved it. "God, he loved her," Jake whispers, biting back the tears. Do we already have a drinking rule for every time Jake cries? I mean, I love the Crying Jake, but I was just wondering if I could start slamming the high-octane stuff now. Emily reminds Jake that Mayor Dad loved him, too. "Yeah, most days," Jake scoffs, and then asks how Emily thinks Mayor Dad would have felt about Constantino getting off scot-free. Emily thinks Mayor Dad would have been madder than hell, but he wouldn't have liked what Jake is planning. "Wait, you know?" Jake boggles. Dude, Mary Bailey knows -- how can Emily not know? Small town, Jake, remember? Emily gets as deep as her cake pans when she says of Mayor Dad, "I think he would have preferred his death to end one war, not start a new one." Jake agrees, just as Mary Bailey storms into the house to hand-wring that Eric and the others left for New Bern already. Eric's such a dumb-ass.
The Rangers ride. And not even under cover of darkness. Because they're the Dumb-Ass Rangers. You know what? Let them. Jake, just let Eric get killed, okay?