Lights rise on Cory hitting the rag ball hanging from the tree with a baseball bat.
Rose comes out and tells Cory to help her clean the cupboard.
Cory says he's not quitting the team, no matter what his father says.
Rose says she'll talk to him about it when he gets back.
Evidently Gabriel got arrested for disturbing the peace, and Troy is trying to get him out of jail.
For now, she tells her son, come help clean the cupboard.
Cory goes inside.
Rose sees Troy and Bono coming down the alleyway. She asks Troy what happened with Gabe.
Troy tells her he paid them fifty dollars to let him out of jail.
He asks where Cory is.
Rose replies that he's inside helping her clean the cupboard.
Troy tells her to get Cory to come outside.
Rose goes back into the house.
Bono and Troy walk over to the woodpile.
Bono complains that Troy bought hardwood for the fence instead of something soft like pine.
Pine is for inside, says Troy.
His buddy tells him that a fence made of pine would've stayed around for as long as Troy was alive.
Troy says he may never die.
Bono brings up the fact that Troy has been talking and laughing with Alberta a lot lately.
Troy says he does that with all the ladies.
His friend implies that he's doing more than just talking with Alberta.
Cory enters from the house.
Start sawing some boards, his father tells him.
Both Bono and Troy are impressed with Cory's sawing skills.
Cory wonders why Rose might want a fence.
Troy doesn't get it either; they don't have anything valuable enough to steal.
Bono suggests that maybe Rose is trying to keep them in; she wants the fence because she's afraid of losing Cory and Troy.
Go inside and look for another saw, Troy tells Cory.
Troy asks Bono what he meant by that statement.
Bono tells Troy that he's respected him for a long time. He says that when Troy chose Rose over all the other girls, he knew Troy had some sense.
Bono tells his friend that he's learned a lot from him over the years. He reminds Troy that Rose is a good woman.
Troy says he knows that already.
Bono emphasizes how much Rose loves Troy.
Troy asks if his friend is saying all this because of Alberta.
Bono says he just doesn't want to see Troy mess up his marriage.
Troy is grateful for his friend's advice and tells him so.
He says he knows he won't find a better woman than Rose, but that Alberta has gotten "stuck" to him (2.1.47).
Bono advises his friend that he has to take responsibility for his own actions.
Troy says he'll do what feels right in his heart.
If you try to have both of them, Bono tells him, you're bound to end up losing one.
Troy tells his friend he's trying to find a way to work it out.
Bono says he doesn't mean to be all up in Troy and Rose's business.
Troy says he's going to get in Bono and Lucille's business. He reminds Bono that Lucille has been wanting a refrigerator for awhile.
I'll get Lucille a refrigerator when you finish this fence for Rose, Bono tells his friend.
Troy begins sawing a board.
Bono starts to exit. Troy asks where he's going.
I'm not helping you now, says Bono. The longer it takes for Troy to finish the fence, the longer it will be until Bono has to buy that fridge.
Rose enters from the house. She asks Troy what happened with Gabe.
Troy tells her again about how he paid a bribe to get his brother out.
He adds that there will be a hearing soon that will decide whether Gabe needs to be committed to a home.
Troy says he told the judge that he'd take care of Gabriel. Right now, Gabe is wandering around on his own.
Rose suggests that maybe Gabe ought to be in a hospital, where he'd be taken care of.
Troy says it's not right for his brother to be committed – Gabe isn't a threat to anybody. On top of that, Gabe only has mental problems because he got hurt fighting for his country. Troy thinks society owes Gabe some slack.
Rose recognizes Troy's point of view. She tells him to stop worrying about his brother and come inside to eat.
Troy says he has to tell her something first.
He breaks the news that he's gotten Alberta pregnant.
Rose can't believe what she's hearing.
Gabriel enters, carrying a rose for Rose.
She tells him to go in the house and eat some watermelon. He does.
Rose goes off on Troy.
She can't believe this is happening after eighteen years of marriage.
Troy says he can't undo what's been done.
His wife says he should have stayed in her bed.
Troy explains that he can relax at Alberta's house in a way that he can't at home.
He says he can't give her up.
Rose tells him he ought to go stay with her then, if she's so much better.
She's not better than you, Troy says. It's just that all the pressure of being the breadwinner for the household won't allow him to truly relax and be himself at home.
Troy talks about how grateful he was to have Rose and Cory in his life; they helped him be a better man.
Rose says he should've stayed in her bed then.
She tells him that she thought of being with other people at times, too. But instead of being unfaithful she stayed beside him.
Rose says Troy is always talking about how much he gives to the family but he doesn't realize how much he's taken.
She starts to exit.
Troy roughly grabs her arm, offended that she said he doesn't give enough.
Rose begs him to let her go.
He grabs Troy from behind, hauling him off of Rose, then punches Troy in the chest.
Troy goes after Cory but stops when Rose begs him to.
"That's strike two," Troy menacingly says to his son (2.1.139).