Homicide. Kima checks her mail slot and finds her paycheque, smiling excitedly as she opens it. As she gets to her desk, she says she'd heard tell of it, but didn't believe how much money she'd make from overtime as a secondary on a case. Jay adds that she'll make even more in court pay if the "soft case" goes to trial. Lester asks what she's going to spend it on, and she sighs that she's going to pay down some debt. Jay's face falls, because he was totally expecting her to spend it on hookers and blow.
Night has fallen on the dice game, and Randy, having made enough, is walking home, accompanied by Dukie and one of the other players. They thank the guy for walking them home, since they were afraid they might get rolled for their winnings. They make sure he isn't going to rob them, and he asks, "You think I'm that ungrateful?" Apparently, he just bet the same way Randy did and made more money than he has in a month. Randy breezes that it's "all about the math." Their escort asks where they learned the game, and Randy proudly tells him, "Edward Tilghman Middle." Hee.
Bubbs's squat. Herc is telling Bubbs that all they have is Little Kevin. Bubbs knows him as "Bodie's boy," and says that if Herc comes by the next day after school, Bubbs will give him a new hat. "A hat trick," Herc recalls. "Cool." Bubbs tells Herc that it's not about the money, and gives him the short version of his Arch troubles, saying he can't take it anymore. Herc easily promises that as soon as he's done with Little Kevin, the next time Bubbs sees Arch, he just needs to call Herc, and he'll come straight there. He gives Bubbs his card. Bubbs looks reassured. Is Bubbs new?
Lee house. Bug is showing Michael his model volcano and getting some pointers on how fast to pour the baking soda into it when Michael notices Maplewood loitering in the doorway and sullenly bitches, "What are you still doing here? Ain't nobody want you here." Maplewood smugly says that Michael's mother wants him there, and Michael mumbles, "You and the pipe." Maplewood warns that Michael shouldn't talk about his mother that way. (Don't worry, Michael -- even if you can't, I've got you covered.) Bug tries to show Maplewood his volcano, but Michael tells Bug to go up to his room. Maplewood stops him before he goes up, though, putting his hands possessively on Bug's shoulders as he says that Bug needs him too, and reminds him about Saturday. Bug explains to Michael that his teacher said he needed glasses, so an adult has to go with him to pick up the glasses and sign for them. Michael looks away, briefly working his jaw before telling Bug again to go to his room. Once he's gone, Maplewood complains that Michael's cold: "Ain't got a forgiveness to your soul." Michael looks over his shoulder to spit, "Man, fuck you." And, I mean, honestly. He steps toward Maplewood, who closes the gap between them even further, telling him to watch his mouth: "You're big, but not big enough." Michael turns his cheek and carefully looks away as Maplewood asks for the DSS card. Michael tells him there's nothing left on the month's cheque anyway. But that's okay with Maplewood; he'll just wait to get it before the first of the month, then. Michael is still looking away, but when Maplewood tries to fondle his head, he snaps to, slapping Maplewood's hand away and defiantly glaring at him. Maplewood watches him stomp out of the room, knowing that this isn't over.