Lady Booby is pretty upset when she hears the second publication of Fanny and Joseph's marriage banns.
It's time to take action. Unfortunately, Scout isn't quite as smart as he originally seemed—he brings both Fanny and Joseph before Justice Frolick.
Lady Booby is worried she might lose Joseph forever. She couldn't care less about that other hussy.
STOP THE PRESSES. Pamela Andrews is here. Yes, that Pamela Andrews, famous heroine of Richardson's Pamela and sister of Joseph Andrews.
Pamela's visiting with her almost-as-famous husband, Mr. Booby. Readers of Pamela would recognize this bloke as Mr. B.
Mr. Booby has arrived to help Joseph out of this legal jam. (Um, why was he arrested, again?)
Mr. Booby arrives a little too late. Joseph and Fanny have just been sentenced to a month in the dankest prison ever: Bridewell.
Since Mr. Booby is an investigator type, he asks to read the deposition.
Yeah, all it says is that Joseph cut a hassel-twig belonging to the lawyer Scout. Fanny allegedly carried the twig.
Mr. Booby is shocked that two people could get committed to Bridewell for a twig, but Scout says it could have been much worse: if our young Bonnie and Clyde had cut a tree, they both would have been hanged.
Mr. Booby gets Joseph and Fanny off the hook, obviously.
As Mr. Booby, Joseph, and Fanny leave the judgment-seat, they run into a panicked Adams. He doesn't want Joe and Fanny to go to prison.
Lady Booby is totally thrilled that Joseph is now her near relation (since Pamela married Mr. B.): she can get closer to him that way.
Are you ready for a dramatic scene, Shmoopers? Joseph greets his beloved sister and many tears flow.
Slipslop and Lady Booby are back on decent terms. Slipslop knows the drill: the two of them hate Fanny, and they want to break up the marriage.
Slipslop has a totally wicked proposal: Lady Booby should marry Joseph, now that he's high-class enough.
Lady Booby is totally scandalized by this totally scandalous proposal, but she's also a little intrigued.