But in other urgent matters, Colton is knocking on someone's door, and it turns out it's the scumbag drug dealer for whom Tim tragically refused to strip a couple episodes ago. Apparently, he's also the guy to whom the dude with his balls in extreme jeopardy sent Colton for heroin, and the dealer can't believe Colton has already blown through the amount he sold him not two days earlier. That being the extent of the guy's drug counseling, though, he invites Colton in, but Colton refuses to strip, just like the time before.
This time, though, the drug dealer gives him attitude and a glimpse of the gun in his waistband, but Colton, unfazed, asks him for a loan of twenty grand. When the drug dealer, predictably enough, gets snarky in response, Colton laughs a laugh of the truly damned before asking the guy how he lives with a gun so close to his balls -- does he keep the chamber empty, or is the safety just on? Having been called out, the guy goes for his piece, but Colton is too quick for him, and the struggle ends with Colton discharging six -- SIX -- rounds into the guy's neck. I guess I should note that that brings the body count for the episode up to four (that is, if the guard died, which I'm assuming given the sound effects he did). Further updates to follow.
With the guy dead, Colton looks around and quickly finds a large amount of cash, so everything's chill -- until he hears a crashing noise from the kitchen. With gun drawn, he goes to investigate -- and finds, in his underwear, Tim's idiot Army friend, Mark. Oh, this is not going to be good. Mark, keeping his eyes closed, tries to sell the idea that he didn't see anything, but Colton informs him that he witnessed the whole thing when he entered. Damn, Mark had to find a heroin addict who could still keep things together. Colton gets Mark to open his eyes, whereupon he recognizes him from the VA hospital...
...and then we cut to Mark, fully clothed, sitting in the living room. Colton offers him a cigarette, and the two of them light up before Colton grimly grins that they're both "in the shit," and that he doesn't know what to do. Mark is obviously uncomprehending as Colton goes on that someone is running "a game" on him, and it's not "that girl," or at least not her by herself. (By the way, the drug dealer's dead leg is hilariously sitting up, out of focus in the foreground, throughout the whole scene.) He then asks Mark if he's married or has kids or anything, and Mark tells him he thought he'd get clean first, which is an interesting tack for a backsliding addict to take. Colton muses that he should do the same, and tells Mark it's going to be like he was never there. And I did think he might, out of military brotherhood if nothing else, convince himself to spare Mark, but obviously the cigarette was more significant that it seemed, as no sooner has he concluded this little speech than does he put a bullet in the poor guy's brain. As I said to Joe R, Mark was an idiot and couldn't hold a candle to Tim, but I still wouldn't have kicked him out. Also, though, Colton certainly left enough physical evidence around -- witness the smoke he just put out -- so I'm guessing Tim will be on his tail soon enough.