The guards start babbling as soon as their gags are removed. It must be stressful knowing that a screwup like this can cost you not only your job but your life. An angry Savino "wants hands" on the thief, but Ralph admits they have no idea who he is. That's when Jack shows up with the cashier in tow who helped Saffran get away with it.
Savino laughably tries to get Ralph to leave the cashier Holly there with him to question. I mean, Savino showed him Sullivan. While the Lambs shake the story out of Holly at the station, Savino conducts his own investigation.
Things rapidly spill out; Holly was a patient of Saffran's, and they both had debt so they figured this was a good way to clear it up. But Holly's boyfriend Jesse warned them it was only a matter of time before the casinos got wise to them, so they needed a big score. Saffran balked, and that's why he's dead now.
Time for the debate, which turns into a little on-the-nose in terms of its parallels to Kennedy-Nixon, especially when Bennett refuses, Nixon-style, to get made up for the debate because that shit is for the wimmins. Just offstage, Laura Savino and O'Connell dance around a bit, with neither of them coming fully clean as far as their interest in their respective candidates.
And then Savino's at a trailer in the middle of nowhere with a gun in the face of Holly's boyfriend Jesse, who was about to abscond with the money. Savino marches him outside, where, of course, Ralph is waiting for him, draped on the hood of his truck because standing there dramatically is more important than maybe RUSHING INTO THE TRAILER TO STOP A POTENTIAL MURDER.
Come to that, it makes absolutely zero sense that Savino would go to handle this himself, especially given that he would know Ralph would be after the same guy. But we need our regular Savino-Lamb staredown, right? Savino actually tries to make the case for KILLING the guy to Ralph! It doesn't go over well. "You know as well as I do that there's a difference between law and justice," snarls Savino. Lamb does not say, "Why, what a coincidence! I was just talking about this the other day with my son!" He does say, however, that, "Killing a man for stealing your money is not going to serve either one." Savino, obviously, turns Jesse over to Ralph, although I'm sure Ralph's raised shotgun was a compelling argument.
We roll out on a montage of the debate and people all over the city watching on their free televisions. Grady, natch, is poised and mayoral while Bennett is sweaty and old and obviously a liar. But Savino's got more than image-polishing tricks up his sleeve. One of his men cuts the broadcast line just as Bennett begins his debate address. Ralph, watching the debate at the office, is no dummy, and knows exactly what just happened. In his own office, Savino shrugs: "Why take a chance? People always remember the last thing they see."