Bubba is a twenty-two-year-old young woman who lives next door to Emma. She's been joining in on the layoff season festivities since she was a small child and views Barney and Roo as uncles. When she was fifteen she, Nancy, and Olive forced Barney and Roo to accept that Bubba wasn't a child anymore, but though they started bringing her adult gifts like perfume, they never fully accepted that she's an adult. She views the layoff season as a magical time and desperately wants to recreate the magic for herself. Bubba sees her opportunity to do so when Barney introduces her to Johnnie Dowd, a young man he and Roo worked with up north. Johnnie asks Bubba for her real name (Kathie) and remarks that Barney, Roo, and Olive haven't accepted the fact that Bubba is an adult. Despite her admiration for Johnnie, Bubba is hurt and defensive when Johnnie refuses to see the magic of the layoff season that she's seen for the past sixteen years, and is very slow to warm to Pearl for the same reasons. However, she agrees with Barney when he suggests that she's outgrown the layoffs of the past, and it's implied that she goes out to create her own layoff season magic with Johnnie.