Jackson asks after Irene and Honey boy again, and frustrated, the bartender reiterates that they left hours ago. Jackson asks the bartender, “What am I supposed to do?” It’s closing time, and when the bartender tries to kick Jackson out, Jackson calls the bartender an “ungrateful bastard,” prompting a fight. The bartender lunges towards Jackson just as he blacks out.
The bar was only a temporary cure for Jackson’s deep sense of emptiness. Without his community Jackson doesn’t know what to do.