Jonesy meets Ripley at The Viva and says he might have a new lead on an investor. Ripley says he doesn't want Bunny's money. He apparently knew Jonesy was going to meet her. Wow -- they really maintained that suspense for an achingly long time. Ripley gets a call on his cell phone. He thanks the person for the call and tells Jonesy that they're heading to Nicky Fontana's casino to go "whale hunting."
On the car ride over, they sing "Money (That's What I Want)" by Barrett Strong. Bold choice. Meanwhile, at Nicky's casino, Tom Cruise's cousin is singing and walking really fast with an entourage. His acting while singing is already better than anyone else's so far on this series. He's the whale. Ripley tells Jonesy that it's Sweet Lenny Collins. He's an "old-school self-made professional gambler." As opposed to those gamblers with the fancy book-learnin' gambling pedigrees.
Lenny sits at a blackjack table and starts betting big. Ripley points out that the crowd is really excited by Lenny's winning. They do seem to like it.
The next day, Jonesy (carrying a sack lunch with a liverwurst sandwich made by his mother) asks Ripley how they're going to steal Lenny from Nicky, because they have no five-star amenities at The Viva. Well, Ripley knows that Lenny has an affinity for women of size. Jonesy, who is no looker himself and lives with his mother, seems repulsed. Nice. Diane arrives, because Ripley had apparently called for her. She's a big girl and it looks like she's going to be the bait. This could be promising.
Peter has leapt into stalker territory, and walks into the crisis center where Natalie works. The lady in the front office mistakenly assumes that Peter "needs to talk to someone." So she summons Natalie. Natalie's surprised to see him, and she takes him to her office. He tells her that he's new in town, named Peter Appelby, and afraid that his girlfriend in Vegas is cheating on him. Why does he think she's cheating? Funny you should still be reading this, because SHE DIDN'T COME HOME ONE NIGHT LAST WEEK. "Does your husband ever lie to you?" he asks Natalie. Seriously, though. She asks him how he's feeling about the situation with his girlfriend and he says, "Do I look like a person who would kill himself?" She tells him to stop following her, and prompts him to exit. I know Sars doesn't like her -- but I think she's the only thing I like about this show. ["I like Amick fine. I just don't think she's suited to playing characters that aren't supposed to be bitches. Dream Lover is her Raging Bull." -- Sars] Before he leaves, he tells her that her face is the nicest he has ever seen.