In Which We Buy a Car and the Gnome Gets a New Outfit
Seeing as the boys only have three grand, their options for a ride are pretty slim.
However, good old Arthur Limbaud (the car lot owner) has just the thing: A Cadillac Rocinante that's pretty beat up and has horns wired onto the front bumper. Still, it'll do.
Just as we are starting to believe Arthur is likeable, he compares cars to women. So much for his likeability.
The boys run into a snag: Arthur needs a parent's signature to sell them a car, seeing as they're not legal adults. Balder tries to Jedi-mind-trick the guy, but it only leads to Arthur coveting him as a new commercial gimmick.
They promise to send Arthur a new talking gnome (minus the bugs), and it's a deal.
Balder pees on Arthur in response to his maltreatment, so the boys steal him new clothes from a toy store. He opts for half a wetsuit and a surfboard.
In his travels, Balder has met Silas Fenton, the director of the Star Fighter movies that everyone's obsessed with.
Gonzo and Balder's friendship continues to blossom.