Sam heads back into Sully's ("Two-for-one Happy Hours! Please excuse our blood stains!") to see if its bullethole-riddled walls hold any secrets about what Vic may or may not be up to. Uncle Butchie -- the root beer Dum-Dum dispensing fella from our earlier flashback -- is busy swabbing the blood off the billiard table felt. Try some club soda. Anyhow, Uncle Butchie is surprised when Sam calls him by name since only his friends call him that. Sam identifies himself as a friend of Vic Tyler's. Oh yeah -- he and his son come in all the time, Butchie observes. "But I doubt I'll be seeing him much now," Butchie quickly adds. "Not after what happened last night. First rule of the world: Don't make the wrong men mad." And the second rule? "Liquor before beer, never fear." Or, "Never go with a hippie to a second location." I always get those mixed up. Anyhow, I know that "Honor thy father and mother" is the fourth rule of the world. I saw it in a Chuck Heston picture once.
Sam must have seen that same movie, too, because he's outside of Sully's, checking in with Annie over the police radio. Annie is at the park, watching Li'l Sam's birthday from a respectable distance. Sam tells her to keep her eyes peeled, but if Vic Tyler arrives, she's not to approach him. Just contact Sam immediately. "I can't let him get away," he says, adding a mournful, "Not again," after setting down the radio. This feels like the perfect moment for some Bowie -- let's crank us up some "China Girl."
...I'm kidding, of course -- it's "Life on Mars?" It's always "Life on Mars?" And while Bowie once again regales us with the unfortunate circumstances pertaining to the girl with the mousy hair, we're treated to shots of Sam's party. There's a cowboy making fun balloon animals and an imperial ton of children. By this time, Sam has pulled up in the muscle car and notices that Annie is nowhere to be seen. Vic's there, however; he sneaks up behind Rose and plants a kiss on her. This causes Sam to flash, Chuck Bartowski-style on his father chasing and kicking someone in a red dress. That bodes ill for Rose in the next few minutes. Rose and Vic kiss, then wave to Li'l Sam, who is quite engrossed by the balloon-animal-making cowboy, thanks very much. And when Sam's attention turns back to Vic and Rose, his old man is nowhere to be seen. Sam grabs the radio to tell Annie that he's lost sight of Vic; she replies by crackling back at him in the form of static. Would you mind repeating that, Ms. Norris? "Vic's making his way into the woods," she says. "I'm going in after him." Sam would very much like it if she didn't do that, but the static on the other end of the radio suggests that the message didn't go through. What this party needs is another Tyler added to the mix -- Sam bolts out of the car and heads toward the woods. Bowie, meanwhile, wonders if there's life on Mars. Apparently, there is.