The Salvador woman paces as Abe and Heather, revisiting their spat, discuss the voices she's been hearing. Abe's convinced the old lady is a homicidal maniac, but Heather says, "It's her own voice. She knows the difference." Abe maintains that normal, healthy people don't talk to themselves in public and wonders with whom Mrs. Salvador speaks (she's now up and pacing around her cage). Heather says she talks to herself as a coping mechanism -- she carries on both sides of a conversation with her husband, since she knows exactly what he'd say, which makes me wonder, if this is indeed the case, what the problem is in the first place. He can be silent and she can speak for both of them, which sounds like an ideal solution for them both. Abe wants to make sure that Heather doesn't think Mrs. Salvador will kill her husband, even though it's plainly obvious what Heather thinks, and she tells him that the old biddy took a referral for counseling -- she just wants her husband to talk to her. Abe worries that Mrs. Salvador has "completely unrealistic expectations," which makes Heather roll her eyes, but Abe continues that she may be "borderline delusional," and that it's "perfectly natural after, what, fifty-one years, for two people to have absolutely nothing to say to each other." Heather correctly questions what the lack of conversational topics has to do with being delusional, but Abe veers back into his self-absorbed world to issue the declaration that no relationship, no matter the heat, no matter the passion, can maintain itself for five decades. Heather reminds Abe that passion is mostly surface, expresses pity that Abe sees only the superficial, and exits the room saying, "Aren't you going to be a lonely old man," all of which means that they'll have sex soon. Abe sits still, waiting for this very complicated conversation to sink in.
Bobby is escorting Rickle back to his cell; Bobby tells Rickle that he did a good job during the examination, and Rickle seems pleased. "I'll be okay, don't you think?" he asks. "I do," says Bobby.