Donette's. Stringer watches Tyrell playing on the floor as Donette yammers from offscreen, telling Stringer all about her visit with D'Angelo. She finally comes into the room, fastening an earring: "He off the damn hook." Stringer confirms that Donette told D'Angelo about the Barksdale organization's plans. She leans forward and takes Stringer's hand: "He knows some. I mean, damn, he don't need to know about it all, right?" Stringer gazes at her balefully, and they unlace their fingers. Donette smirks down at Tyrell, and then concludes her tale: she told D'Angelo that she'd be back the next weekend, and he plainly couldn't care less: "He say just leave him alone." The oven dings, and Donette hurries off to turn her roast, throwing over her shoulder, "You gonna see, String, for real. Little Donette know how to burn." Stringer lets it all sink in for a moment, and then leans down to pick up Tyrell and dandle him on his knee. "Your father bucking us, little man," murmurs Stringer. "What you think about that?" Tyrell thinks cookies!
Bad part of town. La La and Nick get out of an El Camino, looking like they've got their game faces on. "Fucking Ziggy, man," crabs La La. Yet another possible subtitle for this season! "I'm about to get my ass shot behind his bullshit?" Nick stalks forward purposefully, telling La La, "We're reasonable, they're reasonable." "Maybe on your side of town," mutters La La. They make their way over to a corner, where a couple of guys are playing dice or something. One peels off to ask Nick what's up. Nick sternly says that they're there to "see a man about a car." Dicey pulls up his sweatshirt to show Nick the handgun tucked into the waistband of his...sweatpants. Which does not seem to me like the most secure place to store a weapon. What if it slips down one of the legs while you're running after a dude you're trying to shoot? You have to stop and fish it out of your cuff? That's just embarrassing. Anyway, Nick asks Dicey to tell Cheese they're there. Conveniently enough, Cheese comes around the corner at just this moment, so that his butler, Dicey, can announce "white boy." Cheese obviously knows that Nick is involved with Ziggy, and asks whether Nick's got his money. Nick says that's what they came to talk about. Cheese snickers to his henchmen, and tells Nick that he's got "a lot of heart," coming there without Cheese's money. La La says they thought maybe they could work something out. Cheese is listening. Nick says that if Cheese will give Ziggy his car back, Nick will have Ziggy sell it: "Camaro with a 350 in it, it's got to be worth more than three grand." Cheese calls that "right clever," and says he appreciates their coming all this way to present their proposal so much that he'll give Ziggy another week to pay what he owes. Nick and La La look at each other uncertainly. Cheese adds, "'Course, that ride ain't worth nothing near three thou." He turns to his henchmen, who are already cracking up. Cheese can tell that Nick doesn't believe him, so he motions around the corner, inviting Nick, "Take a look." And there's Princess, burning at the curb. Yes, I would say that would negatively affect her Blue Book value. Nick clenches his jaw. The camera pulls in close on the rear license plate, surrounded by a frame that reads, "HAPPINESS IS BEING ZIGGY," until the bottom half melts off. Then the letters just say "HAPPINESS," though the word is actually pronounced "IRONY."