Amy heads out to get another beer, and touches Jason's neck; he shies away bashfully, ashamed to look kept in front of Rene and Hoyt. She stalks away, wondering if Eddie's to blame. Hoyt smiles sweetly, saying Amy's his favorite of all Jason's girlfriends; he asks how they met and Jason wavers. "Uh, it's kind of embarrassing. Fangtasia." Rene jumps, asking what the hell he was doing, going there. Jason lies, saying it was to see a band. Rene calls him a brave motherfucker, but Jason plays it off: "It's just a bunch of losers wearing black. Amy and I could tell just by looking at each other we didn't really belong there..." Rene stares at him, but Hoyt's pinned to the punchline: "...Never did see the band." Jason grins and Hoyt gushes: "Oh God, I wanna be you!" So does Jason. Rene asks if she's the one, and Jason flips some Cajun food at him, unsure. "Life is short! You find a good one, you keep her." Hoyt nods with Rene, wiping the grease off his hand on his backside to pick up his beer. Jason agrees, and quietly admits he may have lost "the upper hand," you know, in the relationship. He's unsure what it means but he's pretty sure it's happening; nobody plays Jason Stackhouse.
Rene counsels him to take it back: "You just say, 'Woman, this is what I want. This is the way it's gonna be.'" Jason loves the sound of it; he and Hoyt both perk up and listen harder. "And if she don't like it, deep down she'll respect you. She can't help it. It's in her DNA. Fact." Nobody plays Amy Burley, he doesn't know this about her: the way she creates the entire world and the rest of us must follow in her path, or she'll tear it all down and start again. Nobody knows about the beast in Amy Burley. "Well, now I wanna be you!" Hoyt chirps, and Jason's offended. "And if she don't respect you? She ain't someone that you wanna be with anyway," Rene says, and Hoyt nods sagely. And up behind him comes Maxine, his mom, telling him she knows damn well it's his third beer, which is two too many. "You set that down, right now," she commands, and Hoyt looks to Jason with a brave and wobbly smile. "You know, I plan on having about six more beers. And enough tequila to drown a Mexican sea captain, woman." He looks at Jason with first fear and then bravado, and drunkenly pushes past his mother with a little spring in his step.
There's vampires all over the place, every style, like the entire Petrelli family, standing like a portrait. Bill finishes up the story of Long Shadow, and the Magister's not having it. "So: you murdered a higher life form for the sake of your pet. You broke an ancient and fundamental law, you decreased our numbers at a critical time in our history. Very bad." The assembled members of the family watch carefully, wondering what will happen, as Bill points out that Long Shadow broke the law first, just like the preceding criminal: "She was mine, and he knew it. He would have killed her and fed from her..." The Magister cuts in sharply: "-- Hello, human? Irrelevant. Happens every day." But what about how he was stealing from Eric? The Magister looks to the Sheriff, and he nods. "Long Shadow was a thief and a liar. He was hurting my business." The Magister reconsiders; Bill pushes his advantage, ordering Eric to tell him why Sookie was there. "The only reason the girl was there was because I called her." Bill: "To protect your wealth," he prods. "To protect my wealth, yes."