You know, the only thing more annoying than an Augustus Hill monologue is an Augustus Hill monologue where he's basically doing nothing but serving as a mouthpiece for the writers' thinly veiled political viewpoints. This time he's bemoaning the lack of consistency in the way the death penalty is applied in different states. Oh, whatever. Shut up, Augustus Sorkin. And stop using the real Sorkin's fact-checkers while you're at it. Iowa doesn't even have the death penalty, you stupid moron.
Thankfully, we're soon returned to Cyril's cell, where Ryan is giving him some last-minute coaching on how to handle the "special" ECT session. Ryan still has that lock of hair wrapped around his finger, and he can barely keep himself together as he explains that a bunch of other people will be there to watch the big event. When Cyril innocently asks if Ryan himself will be among them, Ryan finally loses it for good, and starts sobbing right there in the cell. "Daddy said it's not good for big boys to cry," says a confused Cyril, and Ryan slowly brings himself under control by explaining that Dr. Nathan has diagnosed him with a rare condition that can only be cured by crying. Not even Cyril is fooled by such a lame excuse, but the mounting tension is suddenly broken when he loudly passes some fluffernutter-flavored gas. Both brothers quickly collapse into giggles, and it's quite possibly the strangest and most touching moment in the entire episode. Ahh, the healing power of gas. Nothing says "don't worry about the fact that your loved ones are mere minutes away from a state-sanctioned death" like ripping a nice juicy fart.