When Freddie Cork refuses to let Michael and Pete play on his softball team in a local bar tournament, Michael goes out and takes over his own bar. When the two teams meet, tensions rise. Rose discovers firsthand the destructive power of globalization; as a shop steward for her union, she loses a fight to stop layoffs within her factory and is herself fired. When the Speaker proposes a new waste-disposal station in Tommy's district, Tommy plays fast and loose to make sure his constituents are properly compensated. If along the way, a few extra dollars end up in his own pocket, so be it.