Amazingly, Caitríona is at the radio station doing what appears to be work for the second day in a row, proving that miracles do occur, but also that bad things always happen in twos. Amy comes in to complain that Caitríona’s terrible advice got her into trouble with Briain, demonstrating that it’s just a myth that intermittently gay people are jolly. Sorry, wait, I may be thinking of fat people. Anyway, it seems Briain is not jolly, and in fact is very cross with Amy for asking about his confusing homosexuality, so she and Caitríona get in a big fight that ends with Caitríona ordering her to shut her whingehole and stop making such a stink over a stupid interview on a pointless local radio station that nobody listens to. The best part is that I’m not even paraphrasing: she totally says this! Of course this doesn’t sit well with Amy, who’s dedicated her whole life to doing snarky Fair City podcasts or whatever this station does, and they shoot daggers at each other for a while before Caitríona tells her to shut up and go do some work.
Frances pulls up outside Stately Maggie Manor and finds the Black Widow herself puttering around in the garden, but the hole she’s digging does not seem to be large enough to bury Tadhg or any member of his immediate family, so we all relax a little. Frances curtly asks if Tadhg is here, and Maggie says no, and seems to be genuinely surprised to learn that he’s gone missing. Has anyone tried looking at Tayto Park? At first she thinks she’s lying and starts peering in the windows and listening for sounds coming from the sex dungeon, but Maggie seems so legitimately surprised by Tadhg’s disappearance that Frances then gets embarrassed and is basically like, “Well, I’m sure he’ll be home any minute. I’m not even the one who was looking for him. You were looking for him! Why did you waste my time bringing me over here in the first place?!” and so on. Well, thank God that wasn’t incredibly uncomfortable for everyone involved.
Back at the shop, Katy tells Vince that her flight “home” to “Tenerife” leaves “tonight” at “10 o’ clock.” We have no idea where, if anywhere, she’s actually going, but I think we can all assume it's nowhere in the vicinity of Jason. She claims she’ll be back to visit often, and Vince claims he’ll miss her, and then on her way out the door she literally runs into David, who is agitated and shooting Annette some seriously filthy looks. He pulls her aside and hisses that it seems only Maggie’s check was deposited in the credit union and demands to know where the rest of it is. She swallows hard and swivels her head in many directions, like an owl, apparently hoping that if she kills enough time David will forget why he came here and wander off.
Vince has hurried over to the radio station between scenes, producing Maeve from somewhere along the way, and there’s also a boy named Sam we’ve never seen before but whom Pádraig, who is there for some reason, gives a deer-in-the-headlights look. Back at the shop, Annette apologizes to David and blubs that she had no choice but to steal the charity money, what with falling behind on the mortgage and the dirty dirt birds at the National Lottery intentionally not picking any of her numbers. David presents the controversial opinion that none of this gives her the right to steal from a charity, but Annette’s airtight response is that she never thought she’d get caught. I was never good at philosophy, but I think she’s taking either a Hegelian or a Lohanian approach here. She asks if she can have one more week, giving her time to come up with the money or change her name to Gxalga Vaxygghl and move to Albania, but he says he has no choice but to tell the Gardaí about this. You may recall that he’s got them on speed dial after all those times last season he kept turning himself in for things.
Back at Radio Money Laundering, Caitríona is being sweet as pie to Amy, which has nothing to do with her wanting anything, that’s for sure. It seems Amy has a radio show called “Clever Clogs” or similar in which she interviews smart children about particle physics and such, and in addition to Sam from earlier, who won the science fair, Caitríona also wants her to interview Maeve, who got her head stuck in a bucket at the science fair. Amy, who reached her limit on how much of Caitríona’s antics she could tolerate about two hours ago, refuses, saying that it wouldn’t be fair to take time away from the winner to talk to the Ralph Wiggum of Ros na Rún. Caitríona flips out, reminding her who’s in charge of this submarine or whatever the hell this place is, and orders her to STFU and interview Maeve. Amy refuses, which is just as well since she’d probably end up just asking Maeve what it’s like to be a lesbian anyway.
Frances is looking ambiguously at her wedding photo when Tadhg shows up, explaining that he’s spent a few nights in Galway because it’s where he thought Tayto Park was. She’s annoyed but relieved, and when she tells him that Áine’s taken her crime ring on the road, he says it’s for the best, because he and Frances have got some serious things to discuss.
After the break, during which we learn that beds are more comfortable when they have a mattress on them, we’re at the big check-handing-overing at Gaudi, where Briain tells Berni he’s found a flat or old refrigerator box to live in. It’s not much, he says, but he tried it out and found it’s suitable for shagging. He makes a big production out of biting her cracker, which may or may not be a euphemism, and then we see that Gráinne is running around frantic because David and his big check haven’t shown up. I’m almost positive that one’s not a euphemism.
At Radio Nepotism, Caitríona is badgering Amy about not making the entire interview about Maeve and informs her that to make up for it, she’ll next be doing a solo interview with her. Caitríona is clearly as confused about how much of a crap people give about her kid as she is about how much of a crap they give about her. Amy calmly excuses herself because she has important work to go do and walks off, leaving Caitríona there fuming her nuts off.
Gráinne & co. are still stalling for time at the Charity Check Handover, and everybody ignores Annette when she arrives and starts buzzing around until she tells them she knows why David isn’t here. She starts to tell the story to Gráinne, Vince, and for some reason Berni, who has somehow inserted herself into the situation and immediately made it about how busy and overworked she is, but before she can get to the felonious part, David arrives carrying a giant novelty check for €7000. All the key players go to pose for pictures with it, and also Berni, who literally elbows Gráinne out of the way to get in the middle of the photo despite the fact this whole thing was Gráinne’s idea in the first place and as far as we know Berni has done nothing other than show up here today to complain about how busy and important she is. Are we sure she and Caitríona aren’t sisters?
Pádraig and his hot buns arrive at the radio station, and he tries to have an interview of his own with Maeve and Sam. Maeve’s contribution is that she’s glad she didn’t have to answer any questions because she doesn’t understand her stupid project but nevertheless is concerned somebody will try to steal it, and after she finishes carrying on for a while, Pádraig turns his attention to Sam, who is clearly the only one here he cares about. Sam informs us that his interests include soccer, local radio interviews, and KFC, and he and Pádraig discover that they both support the same team, Man United. (Snerk. We would have also accepted “Arsenal.”) Maeve complains that she hates soccer, because one time she got her head stuck in the mesh bag with all the balls in it, and Sam narrates that he plays for the school team, which has a game tomorrow. Suddenly the teacher arrives and it’s time for him to go, so he says his goodbyes and Amy points out that Pádraig is really good with kids, even right now when he appears to be passing a kidney stone.
Downstairs, Gráinne is banging on about how the just-booked Makes Downton Abbey Look Crap Inn has a wedding gazebo by a champagne lake and you’re carried down the aisle in a crystal coach by talking pink swans and other nonsense that seems utterly, utterly out of character for her, but which we guess is necessary in order to make the thing that happens later seem more dramatic. She and Caitríona start a big, loud discussion of the pros and cons of wedding photos, and when Frances zombies in behind the bar, they drag her into the conversation. Elsewhere in the pub, Mack says the world’s most awkward goodbye to Katy, assuring her that there’s no need to worry because he’s not going to try to kiss her, ha ha, and before they can discuss whether they’re just going to hug or also have a little light over-the-sweater action, Katy grabs a passing Frances and says she’s leaving and would like Tadhg to say goodbye to Jay. She replies that he’s upstairs asleep, but she and Mack follow her outside to say adios, or as they say in the bedsit in Dublin Katy will be sharing with three other people, do widzenia.
In front of the pub, Dee has materialized to help Frances and Mack say goodbye to Katy. After they drive off, Dee suggests they go inside to warm up and have a drink, but Frances suddenly breaks down in tears. They assume she’s sad about seeing Katy and Jay go, and talk about how it’s never easy to say goodbye but that they’ll be back to visit soon, but between heaving sobs she gasps that she can’t go back into the pub, and when Mack wonders what Tadhg’s done this time, she spits that she doesn’t want to hear that name and falls apart even more. Mack and Dee ask her to come home with them because it’s freezing outside, and she agrees, but practically has to be carried down the street she’s such a mess, and just then Maggie appears across the road and looks stricken as she sees what’s going on. Well, so much for “we’re not hurting anyone,” eh, toots?