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Maybelle has an idea with what, but Chalky isn’t giving up details, he just thinks that once he proved his worth he was accepted and Samuel doesn’t have to prove his worth because he’s going to be a doctor. Maybelle pouts and sighs that she doesn’t want to marry him. She wants the chance to live her own life. Like her mother did when she married someone “interesting” like Chalky.
Maybelle keeps asking what Chalky did to help Lenore’s father, and he won’t tell. She just wants to know if he got rid of someone. This does not sit well with Chalky so he asks her if she want to take up with some “swagger buck” with a wife two counties over. Undaunted, Maybelle thinks that sounds just dandy because then she could write a poem about it. Ah, the stupidity of youth. Before Chalky’s head can explode, though, they’re called to dinner.
FINALLY, Mickey’s gotten Eli home safe and sound and reminds him about the big shipment they’re taking to New York the next day so Eli can tell him to fuck off. He’s home and wants to see his family. Mickey waits until Eli’s out and can’t slam his head into the steering wheel before telling him to have a nice night. Heh.
Eli’s at his own front door but can’t bring himself to just walk in so he quietly knocks. Brian, one of his 382 kids, answers the door and makes this face:
Aw, take Mickey’s advice, pack the family up and move away from Atlantic City. The kids swarm Eli and he finally has a moment of release, hugging the whole brood at once until his oldest daughter, Edith, comes and give him a tight hug. The older children are now nearly adult, but Eli still wants to pull them all in as close as possible. Will, the oldest, isn’t really feeling it so he shakes his father’s hand. Ouch.
Eli’s not mad, though, he’s just impressed with Will’s firm handshake. Edith tells him it’s because Will works in a lumberyard, which is news to Eli, but this was prelude to Eli finally seeing June, who we last saw yelling at him to clean up their father. But absence makes the heart grow fonder and she’s as relieved to have Eli home as he is to be there.
Gyp and his goon have decided to have dinner at a diner, and stand out like the mobsters in a small town that they are. They take a couple of seats at the counter and hassle the poor waitress about the spaghetti and meatballs. But order it anyway.
Gyp’s decided to chide her about how he’d like some wine with his spaghetti. The waitress is all “Golly, no, that’s illegal,” but he menacingly flirts with her that maybe she should check in the back of some cupboard…”behind the sody-pop,” properly spooking the poor waitress.