Dewey's still under the anaesthetic when he's brought back from the operating theatre, and Gale is told that he'll remain unconscious for hours yet, but she's reluctant to leave him, even to get her own injuries treated.
For the first 24 hours after his surgery, she doesn't leave his room.
At first Dewey's pretty much out of it, doped up on anaesthetic and some wonderfully strong painkillers, but whenever the world swims briefly into focus, Gale is there, holding his hand. He vaguely wonders how she manages to be there every time he opens his eyes.
She's agreed to come back to Woodsboro with him. He hears her on the phone, wangling herself an extended leave of absence, because she's been shot, goddamnit, her ribs are broken, and if they won't give her any sick leave, she's going to quit right now and sell her exclusive eyewitness account of the Windsor College murders to the first rival network to make her an offer.
Dewey knows that nothing as trivial as a bullet wound and a couple of broken ribs would keep Gale away from a camera; she's doing this for him. Right at this moment, he's apparently the centre of her world.
He decides this probably isn't the best time to tell her that he still lives with his mother.
Sidney visits Dewey in the hospital, and can't quite hide her incredulity at his new relationship status. "You and Gale? Really?" They don't exactly strike her as the most obvious couple. "You do know you'll only end up getting hurt, right?"
Dewey does his best to convince her otherwise. "Gale's really a much nicer person than anyone thinks."
Sidney still doesn't believe that this unlikely relationship can possibly work. But, she supposes, if Gale really does have feelings for Dewey, the woman can't be all bad.
When Dewey's finally released from the hospital, Gale takes him to the best hotel in town for a few days of rest and recuperation before they attempt the journey back to Woodsboro. They've been giving each other meaningful looks for over a week now, and although they've been warned not to do anything strenuous, the temptation of that king-sized bed is just too much.
At first they're cautious, mindful of the fact that they both have injuries; but they get caught up in the moment and forget to be careful. And then they're back in the emergency room for a shot of morphine and a long wait for an x-ray to see if they've done any serious damage.
They leave with some rather more substantial strapping round Gale's ribs, a supply of stronger painkillers, and strict instructions not to attempt anything of the sort again until they're both considerably more recovered.
This time, they listen.
Their second attempt, when they finally make it, is much more successful.
Gale seems to have a vast quantity of clothes and make-up, but little in the way of personal possessions. When Dewey asks her about it, she tells him that she's got a couple of boxes in storage, but that she's not really the type to keep mementoes.
Typical Gale; no time to look back, always moving on to the next thing - sometimes even before she's finished with the current one.
He wakes in the night to find her sitting up in bed next to him, her laptop balanced on her knees as she writes. The Windsor College Murders, by Gale Weathers. He rolls his eyes, but he feels he can't say much; after all, Gale will be Gale, and she did give up a lucrative job in television to be with him in Woodsboro.
He gets to read the book before it's published, and her depiction of him this time is far more flattering. Dewey takes that as a good sign.
The first time Dewey had been stabbed, a nurse had come to the house twice a day: once in the morning to help him shower and dress, and again in the evening to get him ready for bed. This time, he has Gale, and she's surprisingly capable.
When Mrs Riley had first heard that Dewey was bringing Gale home with him, she'd wondered just how much assistance a little slip of a thing like that could possibly provide. What she hadn't taken into account was Gale's determination, her masterly array of strategies for getting her own way, and the fact that she has Dewey completely wrapped around her little finger.
For Dewey, 'because Gale says so' is a compelling reason for doing anything.
Every morning, Mrs Riley knocks on her son's bedroom door to let him know that breakfast is ready. She doesn't knock on the guest room door. That may be Gale's official accommodation, but it's not where she actually sleeps.
There's been some talk of the two of them getting an apartment, and as Mrs Riley sets the food on the table, she wonders just how they'd manage the catering arrangements in such an establishment. Dewey can't cook anything more complicated than toast, and from what she's seen of Gale, Dewey's mother suspects that the girl hardly knows how to boil water.
Mrs Riley decides that she'll have to give them some basic cooking lessons before they get this apartment, otherwise they're likely to starve.
There's a certain amount of media attention when Gale's book comes out, and even more when it's used as the basis of the second Stab movie. Suddenly, she appears to be back on people's radar, and the job offers start coming in.
She turns the first few down.
Dewey accompanies Gale to the Stab 2 premiere in LA. She's in her element, posing on the red carpet; he trails along behind, holding her purse. That's not entirely her fault; she's happy for him to share the spotlight, but Dewey's never been comfortable in front of a camera, so he hangs back, watching her. She's clearly enjoying herself; but this isn't the sort of life he wants to live.
They don't stay to watch the movie.
Gale drives Dewey to his physio appointments, and monitors the exercises he's been told to do at home. They're supposed to be done daily; under Gale's supervision, they are. He's already walking better than he's done since the first time he was stabbed.
Gale's also good at keeping him cheerful. He even starts talking to Sheriff Burke about the possibility that he'll eventually be fit enough to return to his job as Deputy.
This all stops when Gale leaves.
This small town provincial littleness is doing her head in. Nothing happens. Ever. She has to escape, even if it's only for a week. The network seems to think that her extended (and mostly unpaid - thank Christ for the money from her books and the Stab movies) sick leave should be coming to an end; they want to send her to Paris, and she desperately wants to go. Dewey's practically recovered now. And she'll be back in a week.
Dewey buys her a purse. Not just any purse, but one carefully chosen to suit Gale's very particular requirements. It has a cut-out pattern at the side that will allow her to film covertly, using the little videocamera she seems somehow to have acquired.
He hopes that maybe, if she can film things here in Woodsboro, there won't need to be any more trips to Paris.
This time it's a month in New York, and Dewey knows he's losing her.
He can't hide his relief whenever one of her career opportunities fails to work out. This doesn't make things any easier between them.
They stop looking for an apartment.
They are still sleeping in each other's arms. But too often nowadays, Dewey is frowning in his sleep, and Gale's cheeks are tear-stained.
The chance of a job in LA is what finally breaks them. She asks him to come with her; he asks her not to go.
There are more arguments.
It's 60 Minutes 2, it's the opportunity of a lifetime, she has to take it. She wants him to come with her, and can't understand why he would choose Woodsboro over her.
He knows they're never going to give her 60 Minutes 2, just as she's never going to win a Pulitzer. He can't understand why she's prepared to throw away everything they have between them in order to chase the sort of career goals she'll never manage to attain.
They part on civil terms, with the fiction that their separation is temporary, but Gale has a one-way ticket, and Dewey doesn't ask for her new address.
Despite this, neither of them start dating anyone else.