Bailey is looking over the receipts after the restaurant is closed. Joe says that he can sell his condo to raise the cash to pay Bailey back. Bailey tells him not to do anything stupid, and that Joe will ultimately pay them back, but for now Bailey has enough in his personal account to cover the shortfall. Joe says, "Your own money?" Bailey says he doesn't have a choice because his family needs the restaurant. Then Bailey tells Joe to go home, so Joe walks out. As soon as he's gone, Bailey goes behind the bar and gets himself a beer, promptly drains half of it, and then refills it. Joe walks back in and asks what Bailey is doing. Bailey says it's "just a beer." Joe says he's "not in a position to judge." Bailey says he's been sober for "more than two years now," and he's been having a beer or two for two weeks and it's fine because that's all he wants. Joe doesn't look fooled, but doesn't say anything. Bailey throws Joe the keys for which he had come back, and Joe leaves.
Charlie talks to Gus. Charlie says he just signed for a shipment of wood, and that it was supposed to be oak, but it's pine. Gus says he changed the order because pine is cheaper. Charlie says oak is stronger, it won't dent or scuff, and most importantly, oak is what the customers ordered. Can you imagine a more boring storyline? Next week on Party of Five: Charlie and Gus debate the pros and cons of hickory versus maple in dining room tables. Tune in for a rollicking discussion of the best joint glue for cabinets. Jesus. Anyway, Gus says they have to watch their costs. Charlie says the furniture has to "appeal to a high-end buyer" or they can't get the margins they need. Gus repeats that they will if they watch their costs. Charlie says they have to be able to sell to people who don't mind spending money for something...Gus interrupts to say "Better? Better than the stuff I've been making?" Then he tells Charlie that someday he will have his own business and realize that he doesn't know half of what he thinks he does. Charlie says he doesn't want to lose the orders. Gus says they'll do things the way they always have. Oh, how I love a battle between the stodgy conservative and the young upstart. It's just a timeless storyline. That is, if "timeless" means "done a thousand times and now it's just boring."