This is Bossy’s grandfather Walt, and things are going from bad to worse. He moved to Newark without his family and began a new job at the local Tannery. Unable to find a decent housing situation, he stays in a boarding house along with four whores and a few married couples. Man, what a scene.
One day Walt arrives at the job to find the workers organizing a strike. For a short time this doesn’t affect Walt who is in a management position, but then one day at quitting time he sees that the angry strikers have backed a truck into the side of his car, smashing it beyond repair. A few days later Walt is called into the office and told they’re closing down the Newark plant due to the war.
Walt begins to feel as though he blew the whole works by moving to Newark. He manages to get his old job back with reduced pay, and because he’s sold most of his belongings, he moves in with his grandparents. Within a few months of his return, Walt’s grandfather Adrian—the Chief of Police—passes away, as does his grandmother one month later.
Things seem pretty bleak as all of Walt’s loved ones are now gone, leaving him in a cold dark house that is dying just as his grandparents had. Walt decides that he has to make an effort to start a new life, as this one is a bummer.
And so puts a new plan in action.