Randy is dreaming about a pre-Day world. He's on Miami Beach and a waitress is bringing him coffee. Nice.
Lib wakes him and to his surprise the coffee is real. He had hidden some in his secret pack of "iron rations" (20.5). What a genius bit of foresight.
Dan's still not feeling great considering what happened, but he's in a lot better shape than yesterday.
The previous day, Dan had been helping out the Sunbury family. They've been coming down with an odd case of radiation sickness.
On his way back, he stopped for a woman in distress on the side of the road. That was his mistake.
As soon as he got out of the car, he was surrounded by three goons. The leader wielded a "submachine gun," and another was a kid Dan recognizes from before The Day (10.43).
To make a long story short, they beat the living daylights out of him, stole his car and medical supplies, and smashed his glasses for good measure.
And Dan's only backup glasses were in the car. D'oh.
After hearing the whole horrible tale, Randy decides on his course of action: revenge. He visits Admiral Hazzard and asks his advice.
Hazzard suggests driving a car around to entice the highwaymen, only to surprise the baddies with their own sneak attack. But how can they do that? They hardly have any gas—and no car.
You know who has plenty of gasoline? Rita.
On the way to her house, Randy posts bulletins in town. The first announces that Randy is assembling National Guard reservists, the second warns of a new case of typhoid, and the third describes the brutal attack on Dan, who serves as doctor for the entire city.
Rita has already heard about Dan's attack by the time that Randy arrives, and she quickly offers help. She gives him a truck and fifteen gallons of gas. That was easier than expected.
After returning with his new ride, Randy takes a walk with Lib. There's the typical back-and-forth flirtation, and Randy wishes aloud that they were married.
Wait a sec, says Lib. Randy runs the town now. He can make it legal for them to get hitched.
Randy agrees and it's set: they'll be married on Easter Sunday. Talk about a short engagement.