Jody is diagnosed with a kidney malfunction after he had an argument with Janie. He is told that he will soon die.
Janie keeps telling him that he is going to die even when Jody tells her to stop. Janie sort of wants him to die since he never listened to her. A day later Jody dies and Janie screams out the window he has died.
After Jody's funeral, Janie experiences feeliings of freedom and joy but she continuous to act sad just so the town doesn't think she is not mourning that Jody is dead.
She tells Phoeby about how well she is feeling after Jody's death. Phoeby tells her to shut up and keep acting sad just so the town doesn't think she is happy Jody is dead.
The whole town was at a basketball game so Janie decided that there would be no customers. Suddenly, a tall- good looking stranger, comes in and starts talking to her and making her laugh, she notices that unlike other men, he respects her more than anyone.
The town starts coming back from the game and Janie's store starts to fill. Janie and the man keep talking and flirting from morning to late at night. She finally asks her for her name and he tells her that everyone calls him teacake. he helps her to close the store and tells her goodnight.