Later, when Ripley is stomping out of the casino, Natalie drives up. She asks him what's up, and he just tells her to go home. Bunny gives her the evil eye as she drives out. Ripley speeds off too, leaving poor Natalie totally confused. Peter stares her down from his car, but she doesn't see.
At their house, Natalie asks Ripley where he was the night before and he tells her that, if anyone asks, he was at home with her. That should settle that. No? Natalie wants to know what Ripley is getting them into, since Buddy Baxter is dead and all. He says, "You can't think for a second --" and she cuts him off with the classic "Don't! Just don't." She asks him when he stopped telling her things, and he says, "When did you start making a big deal out of every little thing I say." Were this not a really crappily written television show, I'd say that was an ace diversion, because it's so crazy out-there for him to say that. Because he didn't say "one little thing." She asked him one question and he just answered some other random question that she didn't even ask. Example -- Question: "What's your favorite color?" Answer: "Is it really your capitol?" That's very disorienting, don't you agree? But this show sucks, so Ripley said the totally wrong thing and it's just because the writing is ass. It's like raindrops falling together from the sky. Natalie counters with, "So I have an opinion so you cut me out of your life?" Also only tangentially related to what they're actually talking about. WHERE WERE YOU LAST NIGHT? Dead man in your office!!
As he's (of course) practicing his guitar, Jack hears Mummy and Daddy fighting. Their argument turns to money, and Natalie reminds Ripley that they don't care about money. It's his dream; they're just along for the ride. Natalie turns away from Ripley and starts crying; he watches her cry and finally asks, "Do you want to have sex?" I'm not kidding you. His sunrise must be great indeed if he thinks that will get him out of this situation. Natalie replies, "How's that gonna help?"
Peter and Mick are sitting in their car across the cul-de-sac from the Holden home in a spectacularly unhidden place. They are discussing suspects. Nicky Fontana would have killed Ripley instead of Buddy if he were trying to stop the casino from opening. Bunny could have killed Buddy for the money and to get rid of him because Peter thinks he was ugly. The video cameras at the Viva aren't up and running, so there's no help there. Next, Natalie walks out the front door, and Peter decides to talk to her. Mick tells Peter that Natalie has no prior record and she works at a crisis center, which, to Peter, makes the perfect spouse. He also thinks that Natalie is very beautiful. He looks at her and starts singing "Alone" by Heart. Kidding, but wouldn't that have been FUCKING RAD? Mick wonders what Natalie sees in Ripley and Peter condescendingly tells Mick that one day he will grow up (even though he looks older than Peter) and learn that "the heart is a very tricky organ. Not only does it beat, it also falls. Sometimes in the wrong direction." These are crimes against humanity, these lines. With a Twizzler in his mouth, Peter gets out of the car as Mick writes down the crap that Peter just said.