The setting shifts to Detroit. Calliope is nine and hanging out with her dad. He's afraid of heights.
After that memory, we end up in Detroit again, but instead of 1969, we're in 1922.
Lefty and Desdemona—once brother and sister, now husband and wife—meet their cousin, Sourmelina Zizmo, née Papadiamandopoulous, which is basically the best Greek name besides Jesse Katsopolis.
They tell Lina that they're married and she agrees to keep their secret.
They all move in together, and Lina's husband, Jimmy Zizmo, gets Lefty a job at the Ford Motor Company.
One notable incident occurs when Lefty starts doing better than expected. Someone sabotages his station, saying "Don't try to be a speed king. You understand? We all have to work faster that way" (2.1.170).
Henry Ford didn't just revolutionize the auto industry, he was also a disgusting, racist, anti-Semitic, borderline white supremacist. Oops, we got a little carried away there. Oh wait—no we didn't.
Ford makes all his employees, including Lefty, undergo an "Americanization" class. They even teach him the "right" way to brush his teeth! (Flip-top head optional.)
Right after graduation, they give Lefty the axe. The reason: guilty by association with Jimmy Zizmo, who has a police record. "Mixing with the wrong crowd can sink you" (2.1.258), is the advice accompanying the pink slip.