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Hattie, Floyd and Linda are working at the Love Train Diner. Hattie is engaged in a heated argument with a customer who is saying that Vivian, the owner of the diner that burned down next door, had better food. As Hattie tries to argue that she's been cooking for 50 years, the customer suddenly starts to look ill and makes his way out the door—without paying. Hattie follows him, trying to get her money from him, but Linda stops her from assaulting the man.
"Mama what happened?" Linda says.
"He said Vivian's pie was better than mine, and he didn't want to pay me for it!" Hattie says.
Realizing that all of her loyal, old customers from the past, who loved her food and frequented the diner, had actually died, Hattie is discouraged at the state of her current clientele.