The next day, the ten Jericho men prepare to head out with New Bern. Mayor Gray says, "You men are the only ones who really know what's going on here." Does he mean that these are the guys who know that the Army Corps of Engineers isn't showing up? I guess they did have a complement of men who escorted the Semper Faux out of town. Mayor Gray promises that they can come back when New Bern gets its share of the spring crop: "I know that sounds like a long time, but what you are about to do means this town's survival. Now you with families want some time to say goodbye, so let's get going." He's not the most stirring of speakers, is he? He always sounds worn out and depressed.
Stanley goes over to Bonnie and sign-asks her to promise not to kill Mimi when he's gone. "And you'll give her food," he adds. Bonnie smiles because she and Mimi are okay. But then she tearfully signs, "Why do you have to go?" Stanley signs that people are going to die if they don't get the wind turbines. Bonnie, even more distraught, signs, "You're all I have." Her chin trembles. Stanley grabs her shoulders to make sure she's looking at him and Schwarzeneggers, "I'll be back." He looked like he was going to burp. Sounded like it, too. Bonnie gasps a half-sob, half-laugh. Stanley hugs her hard, his face very serious. He kisses her head and walks over to Mimi. "Take care of Bonnie, okay?" he asks. Mimi nods. "Look, I just want to tell you something," Mimi says quickly. "Don't FREAK out, okay?" Stanley won't. "In this crazy world, we don't know what's going to happen tomorrow, and I don't want to leave anything unsaid, so I'm just going to say it, okay? So, here I go--" Mimi's about to sob outright. "I've loved you since the first day I saw you at Bailey's," Stanley interrupts. Mimi, stunned, smiles, and gasps, "You said it first. No one's ever said it first to me before." Stanley explains that he doesn't know what's going to happen tomorrow. "Plus," he adds with a goofy smile, "I can hold it over you for the rest of our lives." Mimi laughs. They kiss long and hard. "I love you Stanley Richmond," Mimi says quietly. Stanley looks down for a moment and points at her: "But I said it first!" They kiss again and he leaves. Mimi smiles after Stanley, but then breaks down in tears.
On the edge of the crowd, Mary waits. Eric walks over. "It wasn't your fault, Eric," she tells him quickly. "You don't have to do this." Yes, he does, because he needs to stop being a useless weenie. Eric says he can't be there right now. Mary hugs him, but even though Eric lowers his head against hers, he doesn't open his arms to her. Coldplay's "Till Kingdom Come" plays.