Awakening from his former stillness and torturous silence, emerges the loud and vicious Papa John, who strikes out at Thomas.
PAPA JOHN So, your what I consider to be more than frequent visits don't have a thing to do with those payments! Do they, Mr. Clark?
THOMAS No, sir. I've been in this remote area of space for six months. As a matter of fact, haven't been back home since then.
PAPA JOHN Yeah, who writes your excuses? I'll bet you think twice about crossing that asteroid belt, let alone the street!
THOMAS I'm a business man, not a star-hopper, Mr. Angus.
PAPA JOHN And you know what else you are? A weakling! A puny, floundering, pathetic little worm, trying to inch your way into my turf. We were doin' just fine, the first settlers on this ball, till you and sissy-clan showed up in twenty years to point out "inconsistencies, fallacies, property debts" which all translate: baloney!
THOMAS I haven't let your opinions keep me from doing my job, and I'm not about to. Can you really blame me for that?
PAPA JOHN Yes. I think you need more than my opinion. I think you need a punch in the face!
PAPA JOHN I think a few bruises would do you some good! And the gall you have, to show up here at my dinner, agreeing to my wife's malicious schemes, eating my best foods! You thought you could come here and not expect me to pound you to bits?
THOMAS No. LILY Father, please. Thomas and I--
PAPA JOHN Stay out of this, Lily! It doesn't concern you!
MARION I think this does concern her, John!
Marion's words, like a needle through cloth, pierces Papa John's heart as their discussion, earlier, echoes in his mind. In the tidal waves of his thoughts, Papa John is swept away from his hatred of Thomas and their dealings, and is brought to the place of protection he has for Lily, and his wanting her to have the greatness in a man he strongly believes Thomas Clark, lacks. Papa John slowly sits down as he dwells on this, and remains silent. We sensitively pan from a distraught Lily, to Thomas, as he assertively breaks the silence.
THOMAS Mr. Angus, you only hate me because of my job. I'm not here for that. [BEAT] I'd like to work out whatever difficulty there is between us.
A somber and quiet Papa John sharply peers back up at Thomas, and with a newly gained realization, he replies:
PAPA JOHN You're right. [BEAT] Let's take this outside.
Papa John stands up, and with fiery eyes, stares into Thomas Clark's cool eyes, with utter seriousness.
PAPA JOHN If you're worth anything, you'll take this outside with me.
Chaos emerges as Papa John exits the room as Marion chases after him in grave protest. Jethro tags along.
MARION John, don't do this!
JETHRO Are you really goin' through with this, pa?
Thomas Clark, a little shaken, is left sitting at the table across from Lily, in contemplation. Lily quickly gets up and walks over to Thomas's side of the table, worriedly pulling up a chair. She sits down next to him.
LILY You don't have to do this, Thomas.
THOMAS Yeah, well...
Thomas scoots his chair back, allowing for him to stand. Lily stands up with him, as they each exchange looks of investment in each other.
THOMAS I think I have to.