Back at the Halloween House of Horrors, Pól tries to put the moves on Fia again, but she’s not in the mood for it, so he walks around in his underpants for a while before remembering it is cold and he should put some damn clothes on. Fia is beside herself, and not just because she has double vision. She can’t believe she hit Máire, even though it was an accident, and frets about what she’s going to do. Because her immediate plans to not seem to include riding him, Pól barely cares about any of this and just throws her clothes at her and orders her to get up. He says he has a solution to all her problems, which will hopefully involve them going down to the shore and him jumping off a cliff while she watches. Someone has installed a sticker or something of a giant marijuana leaf on the wall, by the way. I can’t even with this.
At the café, Mo, Bobbi-Lee, Gráinne, and Pádraig are establishing the rules for tonight’s costume competition, which include “nothing store-bought or rented” and “at least one of your nipples must be covered.” Surprisingly, the latter rule was not inspired by Bobbi-Lee, but by something Pádraig wore to the Christmas pageant a few years ago. In unrelated news, there is now a court order that Pádraig must stay at least 50 meters away from Christmas at all times. Dee tries to join the conversation, and they are all rude to her in the way they’ve been all season, which is completely out of character for all of them. I’m never a fan of extended out-of-character behavior that’s there just to advance a storyline, in this case, “Dee is an outcast.” Anyway, they all Mean Girl her for a while and eventually make a point of walking off and leaving her standing there, and yes, she’s been kind of a pill this season, but I find it hard to believe any of these people would treat her this way, much less all of them, not just because she’s Mack’s wife, but because she’s, you know, a human being who has not murdered any of them as far as we know.
At the café, Dee tells Mack she doesn’t want to go to the pub tonight because his friends don’t like her and are also complete dicks. She accurately reports the way they Mean Girled her earlier, but he thinks she’s just making a big deal out of nothing, like that time she got all bent out of shape just because he got her sister pregnant. She sighs, and I guess on the plus side, this storyline is dishing out character assassination fairly evenly now, rather than just to Dee like in the beginning.
The Adulterous Irish Bake-Off rages on at Maggie’s, and Áine produces the ring from earlier, which causes Maggie to freak out, snatch it away from her, and hide it, and Tadhg thinks he recognizes it. She announces frantically that it’s time for them to feck off home now, but Tadhg wants to stay and make a big scene about this, and I’m getting whiplash over who wants to go and who wants to stay at this point.
After the break, people in costumes all along the sucking/non-sucking spectrum are running around the pub screaming for no reason, which reminds me that I hate Halloween. The highlights are, predictably, Bobbi-Lee as an S&M vampire and Pádraig as a disco matador, neither of which is that far from their everyday looks, I suppose, but they look fab. Grainne and David are the sun and the moon, and Mack and Dee have complicated conceptual costumes I won’t bother describing, and I’m not sure what Mo is supposed to be, but the important thing is they are still excluding Dee, which causes her to be annoyed at Mack instead of yelling at them to all to get over themselves and then going home.
Tadhg sends Áine out to wait in the car so he can confront Maggie about the ring, but she tries to shoo him off because she needs to go listen to her “radio drama.” Of course she does. He seems genuinely touched—and rattled—that she’s held on to this ring he gave her all this time, and I’m not sure where in the backstory we’ve heard about their relationship he would’ve given her a ring, but OK. She lies and says it’s a different ring, and that some old lady she worked for gave it to her, because as we all know, employees in America are usually paid in engagement rings rather than cash. She reminds him that Frances will be waiting for him, and after he finally remembers who Frances is and leaves, she exchanges meaningful glances with the ring and looks stricken.
Meanwhile, Micheál tries to convince Amy that letting Malachaí use the radio station as his own personal propaganda outlet will help the town win Ireland’s Villagiest Village, but she informs him this is all a big steaming pile and she refuses to play any part in it. A mini Bolshevik Revolution breaks out, in keeping with the ongoing Boris and Natasha theme, but sadly instead of executing the czar and czarina, Amy just storms out in a huff.
Back at the pub, Áine is explaining to Frances that while at Maggie’s they had to do a signature bake, a technical challenge, and a showstopper, which is why they were gone for six hours. She also volunteers that her dad helped bake, which surprises Frances because in all the years they’ve been married, she’s never seen Tadhg be helpful in any way. She’s going to be really surprised when Áine reports that Mary Berry was also over at Maggie’s, just looking for something—anything—to judge. "Scrummy!"
We return one last time to Maggie’s, where the power goes out. She tries to crawl to her phone in the darkness, but of course she collapses onto the floor just short of it, and as the episode ends, she looks quite lifeless indeed, her glassy eyes focused on the ring. Well, so ends the Tadhg/Maggie story, I guess.