Ned tries to reason with him. The police, he says, are already going down that road, since Emerson tipped them off before he saw Lila. They'll probably find Lila and Penny and put an end to all of this. "Yeah," Emerson says sadly, "and what if you're wrong." He says Penny's the only leverage Lila has, and the minute she sees the police are after her, she'll probably be on the phone to some accomplice putting Penny on a bus to Mexico. "Yeah, maybe my love for my daughter has made me stupid," he says, angry. "But Lila doesn't seem to have that problem, so I'm gonna continue to jump through whatever hoop I have to, to get my little girl." Chuck asks the obvious, painful, painfully obvious question: What if Lila doesn't even have Penny? Emerson: "Well, then I guess I'm a chump. But at least I'm not a chump just sittin' around here doing nothing." With that he walks out the door. "Poor Emerson," says Olive to Chuck and Ned, swooping in after he's gone. "We can't just sit here, we've got to do somethin'! Quit gawking at each other and let's go!" Ah, but across town, a signal has been set. The red lantern has been placed in the window of Emerson's office into which Olive now innocently walks, looking for him. Out of the shadows once again comes Lila. "Who are you?" she asks. "Did you hang the lantern in the window?" Olive trembles in fear, but not for long. Through the door now comes Simone, gun in hand. "I hung the lantern, bitch," she says. Olive edges to the exit, but is stopped by Lila. "Sit tight, sister," she says. "You're in the jam, now." Olive: "I should have stepped out of it when I had the chance!"
Poor Olive is stuck there as these two fine ladies fight over Emerson. "[He] always was a sucker for a tricky dame," Lila snarks at Simone, who ain't having it. The only reason Emerson fell for Lila's tricks, Simone says, is because Emerson thinks Lila has him "by the collar." She was ready to leave him when she realized Emerson wasn't showing her all his cards, but now that she realizes the card he was stuck holding was the lying queen of empty hearts, she's back to deal again. Simone thinks Penny is a bluff. "A two-bit grifter like you wouldn't let herself get saddled with a child," she points out. Simone thinks she ditched Penny a long time ago, then when she ran out of money she came back to try again for the Dam Ruby and rubbed Stingwell out in the process. "Witch," Olive hisses, still in the background. Lila shoots her a look and then faces Simone again. She says she did come back to see Stingwell, and although he thought she had come back to kill him, she was really there to give him back the money she stole. "So we're to believe that somehow along the way," Simone snaps, "you suddenly grew a conscience?" Lila says she did, yes, and that this "conscience" is sitting in a hotel in town watching television and eating string cheese. "She has my eyes," Lila says, "and Emerson's big heart." Olive is overcome. "That's so sweet," she says, before catching Simone's angry eye and adding "and evil, right?" Seeing Simone is distracted by Olive, Lila makes her move, wrestling for the gun which flies into Olive's hand. The day seems won until Olive holds up the gun and all the bullets fall out. Oops. Lila fumbles for her handy horse-tranquilizing blow-pipe, but Simone is too fast for her and has picked it from Lila's pocket. Aha! However, before she can use it, Lila runs out. "Get her!" Olive cries dramatically, but when Lila is gone, she and Simone look at each other and laugh. It was a trap! They wanted Lila to get away so they could follow her, which they do now as Randy Mann slides into the room ready for the pursuit. Olive: "This is so much more fun than dinner and a movie!" Outside, Lila makes it to her car, not realizing Chuck and Ned are hiding in her trunk. Awesome, except... well, if the one person who could kill you with the merest glance of his hand asked you to get in a car trunk... I mean, it bothers me when they stand so close together, but this is pushing it. He couldn't have climbed in the trunk with Randy? Well, maybe not.