Rummage sale. I swear, I've seen weddings come together faster than this glorified flea market. Marin shuffles through Jack's donations, moping over a copy of Slaughterhouse-Five Lynn inscribed to him: "They were fifteen together!" Mai briskly says that the book is going on the five-cent table, and opens the doors to the bustling crowd. Come one, come all! Chipped coffee mugs and irregular sweaters could be yours!
And then, there is shopping. Annie and Mai are both very bossy. Patrick enters, wanting to take Annie for a walk, but she says that Mai assigned them to take all the unsold merchandise to the dump. Patrick is dismayed, but tries to shake it off, saying that the dump is beautiful this time of year. And in the cold, the rats probably get super-fluffy.
Sara donates her kid's clothes. Marin reminds us that Stuart didn't like her chapter, and though Sara offers to go kick his ass, Marin admits that he was right. There's some comedy with one of Sara's castoff teddies, which...I know these aren't wealthy people, but I really hope no one actually buys lingerie at a rummage sale.
Jack enters to buy back some of his stuff, of course. He sheepishly says he thought he wanted to get rid of his junk, but Marin tells him it's not junk, it's history, which can be good to have around sometimes. She pulls out Minnie's painting and asks Jack if he likes it. Jack identifies the artist, saying she's been painting since he was a kid. Mai appears to scoop the painting out from under Marin's nose (commenting that "outsider art" is a good investment, heh), leaving Jack an opening to offer to take Marin out to Minnie's place to see if she has any more paintings to sell. I'd like to see a very close-up bobcat.
Elsewhere, Sara and Theresa scuffle over a quilt they both want to buy -- it's a metaphor, y'all -- until Ben suffers a medical emergency that conveniently disrupts their catfight.
After commercials, a doctor is checking Ben, saying that he didn't have a heart attack -- it was a rapid heartbeat, probably from stress. The doctor takes off, and Theresa says she'll take Ben home. He reminds her that someone needs to open the bar, and though she says that the Elmonites can live without beer for a few days (disgruntled cough from Jerome), Ben says that the fishing boats are coming in that night, and that Patrick's cake is in the fridge, so Theresa should go open the bar, and he'll drive himself home. "I can do it," says Sara. Theresa looks up sharply, and Sara explains that she'll open the bar. Theresa reluctantly hands off the keys. I love that the bar is considered an essential service of the town.