where Dude started playing songs to an empty room,
and Alice began tending bar for free (again).
Playing the blues, Dude earned $36 in the first 5 minutes,
and got tips from 7 different customers in the first half hour. And then, to his delight, a pianist sat down to jam with him.
Meanwhile, Alice was making friends at the bar. (Money--no, but friends, yes.) But she was happy, because more than one bartender in town had told her that, if customers liked her, they would "come to have a drink with her", and that she'd make money for her employer and get promoted quickly (when she eventually had a job, that is).
Dude continued to attract a (tipping!) crowd,
and Alice was a big hit, too.
By the time the two left the Blue Velvet--near dawn--Dude had earned almost $300, and Alice had learned some bar tricks,
and had improved her Mixology skill to Level 4.