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Roger, desparately seeking the paintings he needs to return to Sam, runs into an equally snooping McGuire in the basement of Collinwood, but even this intrusion does not get him tossed out by Liz. Roger attempts to get into the locked room at All Costs.
Jason had a great night’s sleep; Liz considers him an intruder, not a guest. She pressures him for a decision concerning his length of stay; he stalls and says if she gets difficult, he will retaliate.
Liz asks if Jason will continue threatening her; why did he return when he promised never to? Jason thinks Liz’s life has been pretty good, but her conscience has been bothering her. Jason is glad he doesn’t have one, or he would have turned her in already. He points out her hypocrisy. He laments his sad, moneyless life and she reminds him of the money she gave him. It’s gone; he wants her to allow him to charge some clothing at the local clothiers. Outside in the Foyer, Roger receives a call from an angry Sam, who reïterates his threat of Episode #193 after Roger reports the ‘miserable’ paintings weren’t where he last placed them.
Roger prowls in the basement, hoping to find his missing paintings. He is unable to enter the locked room; while down there, he hears a noise and hides. He observes Jason McGuire prowling by the locked room as well. McGuire, using a lighter to spy, is surprised when Roger shines a flashlight on him. McGuire claims to be lost and to having collected old Padlocks like the one on the basement door. They spar; Roger asks if McGuire left with Paul Stoddard. McGuire states he and Paul left at the same time, and that the last place he saw him was here (in Collinwood’s basement).
McGuire elabourates that Paul was collecting things as he left; McGuire asks if Roger wants Paul to come back. Roger doesn’t, but feels that Paul is one of Collinwood’s loose ends. They speak of Liz’s being a recluse; Roger refuses to explain why he was in the Basement.
Roger goes to Liz, desperate to find the unimportant, non-family, partially framed paintings. He’s looked everywhere but the locked room, where Liz assures they’re not, and bars his access. Roger blabs that McGuire was poking around the basement room as well. Roger vows to find out what it’s all about.
At the Blue Whale, Sam drinks. Roger enters sans paintings; Roger reports he was unable to find them and speculates that someone must have thrown them out. Sam is appalled that someone would throw out paintings; they trade barbs. Sam again threatens that if he doesn’t get the paintings and his chance for recognition, he will start blabbing and stop only when Roger’s behind bars. Roger thinks of one place they may be.
Jason is preparing to go out looking for his new clothes; Liz has called and they are expecting him. She confronts him about his activities in the basement. Jason calls the basement room “his stake” and Liz scolds him for drawing attention to it. Liz defends Roger; both McGuire and Liz want the door never to be opened.
Back in the basement, Roger hacks at the Locked Door with an axe.