Back at the Blue Bird Bar, the SQ gang has regrouped to share what they've learned about Travis and Sheriff Loco, with Skeet providing Travis's alibi for last night's murder. And Keel weaves the tale told him last night by the Chippewa Elder about an ancient tribe that believed twins were monstrosities, so when twins were born, one would be left in the woods to die. But when the surviving twin approached maturity, he was considered a great warrior because he had a spiritual double to protect him. Keel even gives the Indian name for it, which I won't even attempt to recreate here, but its translation is "one who scatters the bones of his enemies." Skeet doesn't buy that theory, because Travis doesn't have a twin. Yeah, um, Skeet? It would have been LEFT TO DIE AT BIRTH, SO NO, HE WOULDN'T HAVE A TWIN ANYMORE, as Keel just explained. And Evelyn suggests the possibility Travis had a twin once but that it was adopted. And I find it kind of odd that nobody considers the possibility that the other twin died, like it never happens in this day and age or something? Just in the times of mystical Indian warriors? And Skeet spills the beans about Jimmy, whom he assumed was an imaginary friend. And SQ splits up again -- Evelyn to interview Travis's aunt, Keel to go to Medicine Hat to Jimmy's reform school, and Skeet to "keep an eye" on Travis.
Travis's aunt and Evelyn bond over an old superstition involving swinging a ring on a chain to predict the sex of a pregnant woman's baby, and she instantly blabs about her sister having twins, while Evelyn looks a little surprised that we went from The Theory Of The Twins to Confirmation Of The Theory Of The Twins in about thirty seconds. And Travis's aunt fills us in on all the needed details: that Sheriff Loco was once a nice man who had a temper, and then he beat his pregnant wife so badly once that she miscarried one of the twins, and she buried the body in the woods out of fear and shame and narrative necessity. Auntie Exposition continues to spill the sordid family history to a total stranger, as she explains that Travis's mom died giving birth to Travis, and blah blah blah, she eventually discovered Travis was being beaten by his dad too, and she "took his ass to court" and lost, because Travis wouldn't answer the social worker's questions. "That's what breaks my heart; to this day, he loves his father." She pauses. "You know what I really wish?" "What?" says Evelyn, all pleasant. "I hear a sheriff's funeral can be really beautiful." Evelyn can barely contain her shock, but can I say that it was kind of a weird line? Like, just say she wishes the sheriff were dead instead of pretending that "a sheriff's funeral can be really beautiful" like it's folk wisdom or something.