Defying Freddie's direct orders, Michael and his old partner, Pete McGonagle, intimidate a local merchant into selling them her store for half its worth. When the merchant goes to Tommy to complain, Tommy passes her off to police detective Declan Giggs, who used to date Tommy's sister in high school. Declan compromises himself when he makes the complaint go away. Tommy's efforts to stop the new highway, including a deal with the mysterious power-broker Judd, lead him to bribe and blackmail two of his fellow representatives. The conflict between Eileen's public demeanor and private pain is temporarily halted when she learns that her sister-in-law is having medical problems.