Karen pulls up outside a trailer decorated with lots and lots of pink flamingos. She approaches the door and calls out for Mrs. Solchak, identifying herself as Karen Sisco. Mrs. Solchak (played by Rhea Perlman) comes to the door wearing a pink waitress uniform not seen since Flo and Vera were kicking it diner-style and asks, "The boys?"
Meanwhile, the Solchaks are busy boosting a laundry van. Merle (formerly Billy Burke) tries to hotwire it while Bob (Kevin Dillon) looks through the back for some appropriate clothing to replace their orange prison jumpsuits. Bob excitedly shows his brother that he found some baseball uniforms in the back, which he thinks is appropriate since they will be stealing a baseball. Merle isn't interested. Bob tries to repeat himself, and Merle says that he gets it, but that he's not interested. Merle gets the truck started, and the radio sparks into life. And it's playing Lynyrd Skynyrd -- this time it's "Sweet Home Alabama." I love Skynyrd as much as the next gal -- probably more, actually -- but couldn't they have gone with some a little less obvious like "Tuesday's Gone" or my personal favorite, "The Ballad of Curtis Lowe"? Then again, they could have played what is not only my least favorite Skynyrd song but possibly my least favorite song of all time, "Ooh, That Smell." So thank God for small favors. Bob follows the band's musical admonition to "turn it up," but Merle insists that it's just a coincidence. Bob seriously mispronounces, "Cum hoc, ergo propter hoc." Merle doesn't understand, so Bob explains that it's something Homer told him in prison, which means that there are no coincidences. Well, it does mean that, but it's a logical fallacy. It is the false assumption that because two events occurred at the same time, they must be related, or that one event caused the other to happen. So it's ironic that Bob uses it to explain everything in this episode, see? Bob starts playing air guitar and suggests that they call their mother. Merle curtly says that they don't have a phone. Bob's Pete Townshend-esque windmill arm action knocks open the visor, and a cell phone falls out. Merle stares at it, unbelieving. The truck takes off, still blaring the Skynyrd, with one rear door hanging open because that won't attract any undue attention. Also, even though Merle had totally stripped to the waist a minute ago, he's suddenly wearing the full prison uniform again. Bad, continuity people. The truck says "Sylvio's " on the side, and I only mention it because it's important in a minute.