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Protection

That night, Nancy's out back with a bottle of wine when Silas walks up with a gun he stole from Conrad's stuff. He wants Nancy to use it to take out the biker gang. Nancy's like, "With this teeny gun, my injured 17-year-old, Sanjay the fag, and Tara the midget?" Okay, she actually calls Sanjay a "flamboyant Hindi queen," but since that's a really imprecise description of him, I figured I'd translate the line. Silas says that failing to take out the bikers means they can't deal their own stuff and they can't deal Chess's unsellable ditch weed. Nancy's like, "It's a conundrum, yes." She's not about to march her family into a drug war, and despite Silas's protestations that this is a "family business," Nancy tells him to listen to the head of that family. "The head of the family's dead," Silas brats, proving that even an improved, slightly more mature, Conrad-mentored Silas is still a petty little bitch when he wants to be.

Andy's at the car wash with Denise, chewing her out for what Chess did to Silas. Denise claims that she has no control over her brother's actions and she never has. She tries to seduce Andy into compliance with her hard, wiry charms, but for once Andy isn't having it. Seems like someone's heeding Fake Dead Judah's advice. He says that if he can't get Denise to intercede on his family's behalf, then what good is this "Romeo and Juliet shit"? He tells her to tell Chess that if he harms another Botwin again, Andy'll kill him. And he storms off. Of course, all that being an actual courageous man stuff is a little much for Andy, so he comes skittering back and tells Denise that maybe she shouldn't really pass on that message. "Call me," Denise calls after him as he retreats. "...Yeah, maybe," Andy says. That's still a pretty good showing. You know, for Andy.

Elsewhere, in the Mexican Part of Town, Nancy's gone to look for muscle. She finds Guillermo in his front yard, barbecuing. He knows about the bikers in the hills, selling their shitty weed, and when Nancy says she needs protection from them, he offers it at the cost of a 50/50 split on any business Nancy does from here on out. He's also like, "Hey, watch me be incredibly appealing despite my existence as a low-life drug dealer who makes women dance for my approval, thus confusing the recapper so bad that he might forgive Nancy for getting all hot and bothered." Nancy asks what kind of protection 50/50 gets her. "Total protection," says Guillermo. "And if by chance, an honest woman like yourself would make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you." Nancy makes the deal, which...it's a deal that's going to end up really badly for her, I'm sure, but she really is backed into a corner right now. It's not as needlessly stupid as many of her other decisions have been. Guillermo pledges to take care of the bikers, thoroughly, and Nancy will be able to conduct her business in peace. You'll forgive Nancy if that sounds really good to her at the moment. I could, however, maybe do without the imagery of Nancy being filmed behind the burning flames of the barbecue grill that represents this little deal with the devil. A little melodramatic?

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